Sunday, April 7, 2019
MOMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
12:00PM - 6:00PM
MoMA PS1 has invited Telfar and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights along with artists, writers, activists, volunteers, and advocates to share practical information on how bail works and how to get involved in its reform. The program highlights ways in which the discourse of innocence is used disproportionately against people of color, women, and gender nonconforming people to discriminate who is worthy of justice, care, and life. Discussions provide a range of perspectives on these issues, including a panel on radical alternatives to the bail system with New York Times Magazine journalist Emily Bazelon, activist and organizer Darren Mack, artist and activist Tourmaline, and Katie Schaffer, who led the recent #FREEnewyork campaign instrumental in changing New York state legislation, moderated by artist Hannah Black; a talk on bail from the legal perspective with Emily Bazelon and Amanda Jack, a public defender and Project Director of Mass Bail Out; and a conversation between author and activist Jackie Wang and Pedro Hernandez, whose recent release from Rikers Island was facilitated by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. These talks are interspersed with a screening of Sable Elyse Smith's film Men Who Swallow Themselves in Mirrors (2017), a DJ set by Total Freedom, and a performance by Standing on the Corner.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, on view at MoMA PS1 through May 5, the program will also feature a series of teach-ins within the gallery led by representatives from Bronx Defenders, Center for Justice, Dollar Bail Brigade, The Legal Aid Society, Mass Bail Out, Violence Interrupters, and Youth Represent. These teach-ins will provide an overview of the bail system in New York City, and offer visitors practical tools of resistance and information about local organizations' longstanding activist efforts.