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Arts & Cultural Events

Tour: The Writing on the Wall

November 6, 6 – 7pm & November 10, 12 – 1pm, 1 – 2pm

Join us for a special tour of The Writing on the Wall, a traveling installation constructed form essays, poems, letters, stories, diagrams, and notes written by individuals in prisons from around the world. Tours of the installation will be led by Devon Simmons and Matthew Wilson, two graduates of John Jay College’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program.

The design references the palimpsest-like writing on the walls of prison cells throughout history and layers these onto a series of scrolls hung from an aluminum frame. Pathways and voids within the densely hung scrolls invite viewers to participate in the installation by walking through the hanging scrolls and literally immersing themselves in the content printed on the scrolls. The intention of the project is to create awareness about and public sensitivity toward mass incarceration in order to ultimately galvanize grassroots efforts toward prison reform both in the US and abroad. The project is a collaboration between Dr. Baz Dreisinger, Hank Willis Thomas, Mass Design, and Openbox.