The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison

August 21–November 17, 2019

Following the evolution of artist Nigel Poor’s collaboration with men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, this exhibition features visual documents, photographs from the prison’s archive, and episodes of the award-winning podcast Ear Hustle.

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  • Harold Meeks and Nigel Poor: Gym Profile 7-15-75, 2013; inkjet print with ink notations; 11 x 17 in.; courtesy of Nigel Poor and the San Quentin State Prison Museum, with thanks to Warden Ron Davis and Lieutenant Sam Robinson.

  • Gym Profile 7-15-75, from the San Quentin State Prison Archive, 1975 (printed 2018 from a black-and-white negative); inkjet print; 16 x 20 in.; courtesy Nigel Poor and the San Quentin State Prison Museum, with thanks to Warden Ron Davis and Lieutenant Sam Robinson.

  • Mother’s Day 5-9-76, from the San Quentin State Prison Archive, 1976 (printed 2018 from black-and-white negative); inkjet print; 16 x 20 in.; courtesy Nigel Poor and the San Quentin State Prison Museum, with thanks to Warden Ron Davis and Lieutenant Sam Robinson.

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  • Monday, October 28, 6:30 PM

    CANCELED: Nigel Poor and Michael Nelson on The San Quentin Project

    Artist Nigel Poor presents collaborative projects she has worked on inside San Quentin Prison, including the work on view in The San Quentin Project and the award-winning podcast Ear Hustle; Michael Nelson, whose work is featured in the exhibition, joins her in conversation.

    Canceled

  • Sunday, October 20, 2 PM; Sunday, November 20, 2 PM

    Trace Your Love Line

    In conjunction with the exhibition The San Quentin Project, two workshops offer artmaking experiences that draw on somatic and expressive arts therapy to explore resilience.

  • Saturday, October 19, 1:30 PM

    Colloquium: The San Quentin Project: Narratives of Incarceration

    Contextualizing The San Quentin Project, this colloquium brings together UC Berkeley faculty from the fields of law, social welfare, and literature, along with artist Nigel Poor, to discuss the power of personal narrative and how narratives of incarceration have taken shape across disciplines.

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  • Thursday, August 22, noon

    Curator's Talk: Lisa Sutcliffe on The San Quentin Project

    Join exhibition curator Lisa Sutcliffe for a walkthrough of The San Quentin Project, focusing on artist Nigel Poor’s evolving collaboration with residents of San Quentin State Prison.