Programs and Gestures

As It's not just black and white unfolded, it grew to encompass 52 related events, 37 institutional and community partners, 18 individual collaborators, and close to 20,000 visitors. Program activities were organized by three criteria:

Pearls comprised a series of artistic gestures and collaborative workshops that framed the overall project.

(Re)Search programs afforded opportunities to explore the impact of modern criminal justice through direct experience of fact-based tours and forums.  

Open Bookings established a shared space for public programming. This flexible space for classes, performances and discourse was used by individuals and organizations demonstrating a sustained interest in civil justice and contemporary practices of law and order.

View program highlights with videos below or visit the full  Calendar of Events



Painting Stripes with ALPHA Program Inmates     (video 06:07)
Fourteen inmates enrolled in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reentry/rehabilitation program (ALPHA) worked with artist Gregory Sale to create a museum installation featuring black-and-white striped walls that mimicked the visual imagery of a standard-issue inmate uniform.



A Mother-Daughter Distance Dance     (video 00:58)
Daughters at the art museum performed for and with their incarcerated mothers, who danced at Estrella Jail. The two sites were connected virtually through a live video feed. Two dozen “witnesses” observed the workshop, specifically in order to honor the interpersonal connection between the participants. Choreographer Elizabeth Johnson and dance instructor Teniqua Broughton with the participation of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office led the program. 

  Tent City Jail Tours     (video 00:32)                                                                                          
Bi-weekly tours were offered to museum guests at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Tent City Jail. The public was invited to register on the project’s website.  Recognizing jails and prisons as the fulcrum of modern criminal justice, these tours were designed to explore the impacts of the criminal justice system through direct experience. 

Considering Matters of Visual Culture and Incarceration     (video 01:23)
This formally structured roundtable discussion featured Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and other participants representing integral parts of the criminal justice system, participating in a program that focused on the visual language of incarceration. 


    Angela Davis, Incarceration or Education? The Future of Democracy     (video 00:36)   
Activist scholar Angela Davis spoke to the societal tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. She posited that the very future of democracy depends on our ability to develop radical practices to create a world beyond the prison industrial complex.
    Youth from Adobe Mountain and Black Canyon Detention Center     (video 00:50)
Nearing the end of the project, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections granted temporary escorted furloughs for fifteen incarcerated youth.  For a full day, once a week, for three weeks, these juvenile detainees attended university classes and programs across campus.  On their final visit, they worked together with Sale to archive and then tear down the open graffiti wall. 

Painting Out the Stripes: Former Inmates Revisit     (video 00:42)
In the final week of the residency exhibition, five collaborators who helped paint black-and-white stripes on the gallery walls while they were inmates of the Maricopa County Jail returned to the Museum. Now released, dressed in their civilian clothes and on their own time, Joshua, Michael, Grayson, James and Erik led an effort to paint out the stripes.


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