Works by Ashley Hunt in Exhibitions Exploring Mass Incarceration Crisis

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Works by CalArts School of Art faculty Ashley Hunt appear in the exhibitions Undoing Time and Marking Time, running concurrently at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) in Berkeley, California and David Winton Bell Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island, respectively. 

At BAMPFA, Hunt is among the 12 contemporary artists included in Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration, as well as fellow CalArtian and 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music winner Raven Chacon (Music MFA 04). By using an expansive range of media, the exhibition works challenge the carceral system by revealing the “underlying logics of criminality and correction.” More about Undoing Time from BAMPFA

Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration considers the foundational roots of confinement from philosophical, sociological, theological, and art historical perspectives to better understand the fact that today’s mass incarceration crisis has been centuries in the making. This exhibition traces images from history that contribute to the entrenched cultural beliefs associated with today’s carceral system. 

Undoing Time is curated by Julio Morales, senior curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum.

At the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Hunt’s work can be found in Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, which similarly explores what curator Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood describes as “carceral aesthetics” and examines potential new realities. More about the exhibition from Brown University

This exhibition highlights artists who are or have been incarcerated alongside artists who have not been incarcerated but whose practices interrogate the carceral state. Seen together, their works reveal how punitive governance, predatory policing, surveillance, and mass imprisonment impact everyday life for many millions of people. Art made in prisons is crucial to contemporary culture, though it has been largely excluded from established art institutions and public discourse.

Marking Time originally opened in MoMA/PS1 in 2020, and ran earlier this year at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. 

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PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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