A No New Jails NYC activist during a protest outside the Ford Foundation in Manhattan in September, 2019 (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

The New York City branch of No New Jails, a grassroots prison abolition movement, has partnered with the Lower East Side nonprofits ABC No Rio and the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) to bring the exhibition No New Jails NYC — The Art & Design of a Movement, currently on view at MoRUS in New York’s Lower East Side.

The exhibition examines the design, art, dance, and cultural work involved in No New Jails NYC’s organizing activities. It is accompanied by a series of participatory events including art-making workshops, performances, teach-ins, and talk (see the full list of upcoming events below).

Mon Mohapatra, an organizer with No New Jails, said, “Design, art, movement, dance, and cultural work have been critical to No New Jails NYC’s organizing: to imagine and visualize safety without prisons or police; to distribute and center the imaginations of our incarcerated comrades; to communicate and conduct outreach across the city; to celebrate and archive our work while doing political education; and to make the goal of a jail-free NYC recognizable and attainable”.

The exhibition (running through January 15) is funded in part by the New York State Council on Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the William Talbot Hillman Foundation.


Saturday, January 4, 7pm: Performances.

Tuesday, January 7, 7pm: No New Jails Abolition Plan Teach In.

Wednesday, January 8, 7pm: New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) three Kings Event.

Thursday, January 16, 6pm: An Evening with Prison Writes

Where: Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), 155 Avenue C, New York, 10009

More info at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space  

Hakim Bishara is a Senior Editor at Hyperallergic. He is also a co-director at Soloway Gallery, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. Bishara is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital...