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History Exhibits

Artist Installations

Emily Waters: From California to the New York Island: America’s Ten Worst Prisons

Inspired by a real 19th century dessert plate that featured Eastern State Penitentiary, the artist has hand-painted ten porcelain plates with images of...

Ruth Scott Blackson: No Trace Without Resistance


The artist applies new paint chips, coated in gold leaf, to the flaking walls of an existing cell. In 
the resulting “shimmering constellation,”...

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Eric Okdeh: Beyond the Wall

“Beyond the Wall” is a yearlong City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program project centered on the pertinent issue of mass incarceration and its effects...

Jess Perlitz: Chorus


The artist asked incarcerated men and women from throughout the United States, “If you could sing one song, and have that song heard, what would it...

Jesse Krimes: Apokaluptein16389067:II

The piece reflects the artist’s personal experience while incarcerated in federal prison, where he created a 39-panel surreal landscape on bed sheets...