Do people even remember rehabilitation? It has nothing to do with Amy Winehouse; instead, it's a theory about what to do with criminals once they're in prison. Reduce recidivism, remember? Make it so prisoners can live in regular society once they get out (thus saving tax dollars)? San Quentin Prison was bitten by the rehab bug many years ago, and has long had an Arts-in-Corrections program but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent budget concepts mean it's ending. City Lights Publishers recently completed the highly relevant Prison/Culture, a major art book displaying art made by, for, and about prisoners, with the intense participation of Intersection for the Arts and San Francisco State University. Large-format, high-quality reproductions feature the work of well-known prison artist William Noguera, among many other artists from "inside," as well as contributions from artists like Sara Thustra, Kota Ezawa, and Mabel Negrete. The book also includes essays by prominent intellectuals, including a fascinating one by Angela Davis, which says that "one of the major priorities of the reparations movement should be the abolition of the death penalty."
Thu., May 6, 7 p.m., 2010