Affiliated Events

Windows on Death Row 
Art from Inside and Outside the Prison Walls 

Thursday, October 22 to Friday, December 18
Annenberg East Lobby, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
University Park Campus

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Reservations requested for the opening reception. RSVP beginning Tuesday, September 29, at 9 a.m.

There are currently over 3,000 Americans on Death Row. California, with more than 700, has the largest number. What are the legal, ethical, religious, political, and policy dimensions of America’s continued use of the death penalty? Join us for an art exhibition and discussion that will look at capital punishment not only from the outside, but also from inside Death Row walls.

Swiss journalist Anne-Frédérique Widmann and international New York Timescartoonist Patrick Chappatte have curated a one-of-a-kind exhibition featuring more than 70 artworks by people incarcerated all over the United States, who were asked to draw and paint their daily life on Death Row. Their work will appear alongside art by renowned editorial cartoonists including Pat Oliphant and Jeff Danziger (syndicated worldwide), David Horsey (Los Angeles Times), Jack Ohman (Sacramento Bee), KAL (The EconomistBaltimore Sun), Mike Luckovich (Atlanta Constitution), Ann Telnaes (Washington Post), Mark Wuerker (Politico), Joel Pett (Lexington Herald-Leader), Clay Bennett (Chattanooga Times Free Press), Rob Rogers (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), and Scott Stantis (Chicago Tribune).

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m. The reception will include remarks by Chappatte, Widmann, and artist Ndume Olatushani, who was wrongfully sentenced to death, spent 28 years in jail, and was freed in 2012. Ndume, who became an accomplished painter in prison, has said, “Art saved my life.” After the reception, Sister Helen Prejean, whose story was brought to international attention in the Academy Award–winning film Dead Man Walking, will discuss her work to end the death penalty. To attend the lecture, please make a separate reservation by clicking here.


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