Undoing Time

Art and Histories of Incarceration

“Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration” considers the foundational roots of confinement from an art historical perspective to better understand the fact that today’s mass incarceration crisis is centuries in the making. The exhibition explores how images throughout time contribute to entrenched cultural beliefs associated with today’s carceral system. The exhibition includes 12 ASU Art Museum commissioned artworks from contemporary artists whose work combines history, research and storytelling in material form. Miki Garcia, director of the ASU Art Museum, says, “This exhibition was inspired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s strategy in her documentary “13th,” which uses history as a lens to understand present-day phenomena and as a way to trace how legacies of the past persist to this day.”

“Undoing Time” is organized by Miki Garcia, director ASU Art Museum; Heather Sealy Lineberry, ASU curator emeritus ; Matthew Villar Miranda, ASU-LACMA Fellow; and Julio César Morales, ASU senior curator, and features artists, Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, Juan Brenner, Raven Chacon, Sandra de la Loza, Ashley Hunt, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Michael Rohd, Paul Rucker, Xaviera Simmons, Stephanie Syjuco, Vincent Valdez and Mario Ybarra Jr. The artists in the exhibition invest in community collaboration, work in an expansive range of media and rethink traditional archival research to consider how artistic expression reveals the underlying logics of criminality and correction.

Undoing time will also feature additional work from gulf south artists as well as special events related to the exhibition, most notably the First Saturday Art Walk opening night celebration on April 1, 2023.



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On View
Saturday Apr 1 – Monday Jul 3, 2023
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Undoing Time: The Art & Histories of Incarceration is made possible through the generous support of Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; The Andrew Mellon Foundation; and Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Division of the Arts and in partnership with the Arizona State University Art Museum.

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