The three medallions by James “Yaya” Hough, who served 27 years in prison upon being handed a life sentence as a minor, are now on display in Battery Park City.
“It is way past time for a collective reimagining of crime and punishment as we know it,” the artist said.
In a year of perpetual change, Marking Time demonstrates the urgent need for a shift in culture, one where crisis need not be the charge for moving towards a better world.
The book and exhibition center prisons in contemporary art and culture and the robust world of art-making inside US prisons.
While The Pencil Is a Key spans continents, training levels, and types of imprisonment, today’s constant headlines about mass incarceration and border detentions lend it a special timeliness.
As part of its 10-year plan to close Rikers Island, the administration is planning new prisons with renovated design, but the proposal has been met with fierce disapproval from local residents and activists.