In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, Sarratt Gallery will feature outsider art work in conjunction with members of the Vanderbilt University Department of Philosophy and prisoners on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. The exhibit, Prison Galleries: Imagining Justice from the Inside Out, opens on Wednesday, January 16, with a series of paintings, sketches, and sculptures created by prisoners on death row, many of whom have participated in a weekly philosophy discussion group. The artwork, on view in the gallery through February 14, seeks to convey the prison environment and explore the possibilities for living, thinking, working, and creating while on death row.
The gallery will hold a reception on Monday, January 21, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the Martin Luther King Day lecture featuring Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration and the Age of Colorblindness, at 7:00 p.m. in Langford Auditorium.
*Image: Richard Odom, Odom’s Chairs, mixed media, 2011.