Exhibitions: Inmate Art

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    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
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  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
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    Luce Center for American Art

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    Inmate Art

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    • December 19, 1975: Locations: Coronet Theatre (3rd Ave. & 59th St.) Festival Theatre (5th Ave. & 57th St.)

      Dates: December 27th through January 25th

      For further information contact:
      Stephanie Ellis or Marc MelIon

      The Brooklyn Museum Art School Prison Program has been invited to exhibit inmate art at two Walter Reade Theatres. With the cooperation of Assistant Commissioner Ford of the New York City Department of Corrections, Warden Greco of the New York City House of Detention for Men on Rikers Island, and Warden West of the Brooklyn House of Detention for Men, approximately sixty (60) works of inmate art will be displayed at the Coronet Theatre (3rd Ave. & 59th St.) and the Festival Theatre (5th Ave. & 57th St.). Works displayed will include drawings, paintings and three murals, and will be shown from December 27th through January 25th.

      Although what will be on display will be the finished product, the class emphasis is as much on the process of self discovery through art. Through this process, the program serves as a vehicle for growth, change, and self-expression.

      The Brooklyn Museum Art School has been providing art instruction and paraprofessional counseling within the Brooklyn House of Detention since February 1973, and within the New York City House of Detention for Men on Rikers Island since April, 1975.

      Some classes are held in specially equipped studio areas, while others are held directly in the housing units, enabling the instructors to reach more students.

      As of this show, more than 3,000 men have participated in the program. Promising students receive, upon their release, scholarships to the Brooklyn Museum Art School.

      NOTE: Please bring this release with you for admission.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1975, 025-26. View Original 1 . View Original 2

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