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Antwaun Sargent in conversation with Nicole R. Fleetwood

Tuesday, June 2

7:15 pm

Join Antwaun Sargent and Nicole R. Fleetwood, as they discuss Fleetwood’s new book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

Marking Time offers an intimate and powerful examination of art and visual culture as a critique of mass incarceration. The book features a diverse assortment of work, including prison studio photos, drawings, self-portraits, and sculpture made by incarcerated artists and nonincarcerated photographers and artists concerned about policing, surveillance, and the rise of the carceral state.

Sargent and Fleetwood will discuss the connections between Black culture, art, and politics, as well as the history of Black artists in social justice movements and in transforming art institutions.

You can watch a recording of the talk here or on Aperture’s YouTube channel.


Nicole R. Fleetwood is a critic, curator, and professor of American studies and art history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is coeditor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation” (Spring 2018), a special issue focusing on photography’s role in documenting mass incarcerations. She has cocurated exhibitions and public programs on art and mass incarceration at the Andrew Freedman Home and Aperture Foundation, New York; Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick; Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia; and Cleveland Public Library. Her exhibitions have been praised by the Nation, New York Times, and New Yorker. She is the author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2020), On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015), and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (2011), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association.

Antwaun Sargent is an art critic and writer who has contributed to the New York Times, New Yorker, Vice, and multiple museum publications. His first book is The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture, 2019).

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Image: Michael Moses El, Self-Portrait with Desi, 1985. Copyright PhotoChange LLC and Michael Moses El.

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Antwaun Sargent in conversation with Nicole R. Fleetwood