American Made: Mass Production | Mass Incarceration | |
American Made: Mass Production | Mass Incarceration
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 6pm
Exhibition Dates: April 29 - May 27, 2017
Prisons, mass production, and forced labor are the subjects of “American Made: Mass Production/ Mass Incarceration,” an exhibit and reading room organized by MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS). The show, which opens on April 29 at Maryland Art Place, assembles photography, zines, video, and art produced by current and former prisoners.
Ongoing panels, workshops, performances, and screenings, hosted at Maryland Art Place and other venues, explore the intersection of mass incarceration and mass production.
For this year’s exhibit, EDS examines how craft works as currency in the U.S. prison system. “American Made: Mass Production/ Mass Incarceration” showcases creativity as a reaction to incarceration while exposing production from forced labor. Participants include Jesse Krimes (an installation artist), Anthony Rayson and Victoria Law (prison zine-makers), Sandra Cate and Robert Gumpert (documentarians), Bashi Rose (video artist), and other artists and producers.
Scheduled events for “American Made: Mass Production/ Mass Incarceration” include:
March 25, 2017 (2 - 4 PM) - A writing workshop and performance by Baltimore-based Poet Lady Brion (Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture at 2:00 pm)
April 13, 2017 (6 - 8 PM) - Creativity and Production In and Around the Prison System: A panel discussion including photographer Robert Gumpert and director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative Walter Lomax (Enoch Pratt Library - Orleans Street Branch Library)
April 29, 2017 (6 - 9 PM) - American Made Exhibition Opening: Talk by participating artist Jesse Krimes followed by a reception catered by Eye Can Bmore, an organization staffed by formerly incarcerated individuals. (Maryland Art Place)
May 4 (6 - 8 PM) - Guest speaker Anthony Rayson discusses his collaborations with prisoner writers and artists. He will present original prisoner artworks and zines, which will be followed by a zine making workshop (Maryland Art Place)
About EDS (Exhibition Development Seminar/ MICA)
“The EDS class is a year long MICA course in which students gain experience professionally in curatorial practice by working collaboratively with the assistance of professional mentors to research, plan, and produce a major exhibition. EDS was founded in 1997 by MICA curator-in-residence George Ciscle, who also now serves as director of the M.F.A in Curatorial Practice. MICA’s concentration in curatorial studies is currently administered by faculty member Jeffry Cudlin.” To learn more about EDS seminar, please visit MICA’s website.
American Made is made possible in part by support from Friends of EDS.