The inaugural exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles surveys the work of Martín Ramírez, a Mexican immigrant who spent the last 30 years of his life detained in California psychiatric hospitals, diagnosed — erroneously most likely — with schizophrenia. During this period, he produced a visionary body of drawings, signs of resistance against an unsympathetic and unjust correctional system.
This show provides the backdrop for a discussion at the ICA on the purposes, challenges, and benefits of arts programs for prisoners. Panelists include Kaile Shilling, the executive director of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network; Fabian Debora, founder of La Clase Art Academy, which provides arts access for individuals affected by gang violence; activist and producer Cristina Pacheco; and artist Maria Gaspar, whose 96 Acres Project involved interventions at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. These artists and activists will be able to share their first-hand experiences, highlighting the profound effects that arts education can have on the lives of prisoners.
When: Wednesday, October 18, 7–9pm
Where: The Institute of Contemporary Art (1717 E. 7th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
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