April 1 - July 3, 2023
Wednesdays - Mondays: 11 am - 5 pm
Tuesdays - closed
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-3908
A spokesperson describes the event as follows:
"Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration reflects on art’s role in the history of incarceration and how art has perpetuated stereotypes of the incarcerated. The curators analyzed more than one thousand historical works of art, from the Code of Hammurabi, to European Enlightenment prints of prison architecture, to twentieth-century photography of US chain gangs and internment camps. These pieces were then used to reflect on questions of art’s role in the history of incarceration. What shapes the belief that mass incarceration makes communities safe? Why do images of incarceration focus on bodies in chains rather than the resulting trauma? And, how can contemporary artists critique and challenge these entrenched historical narratives?"