Paul S. Briggs–Cell Personae: The Impact of Incarceration on Black Lives
March 24 - April 24Free
Through his arresting sculptural ceramics, Paul Briggs confronts the far-reaching impact of incarceration on Black lives. Briggs brings a background in social justice advocacy as a former Baptist minister to inform his work, realizing the inherent physicality of clay and its expressive potential. In view of the fact that disproportionately Black Americans populate our prisons, his sculptures are an attempt to uncover the wider impact of incarceration that deeply damages not only those imprisoned, but also their families, and the ability of both to participate in a democratic life after incarceration.
“Cell Personae” was made possible by Minnesota voters thanks to a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The exhibition is on view at Herron courtesy of Friedman Benda, New York, New York, and is supported by the Creative Motif Fund, New York.
The exhibition will remain on view in the Marsh Gallery until April 24.
A virtual reception will take place on Zoom from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. March 31. To participate, preregister in advance online at go.iu.edu/3G4s or watch the livestream at facebook.com/HerronGalleries.
Herron’s exhibitions in Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., are free of charge and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Virtual 360-degree tours will be made available in addition to in-person experiences.
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Image: Paul S. Briggs, “Room with a View,” from “Cell Personae,” 2019. Courtesy of the artist.