Stockbridge: Prison art is subject of illustrated talk

Monday January 21, 2013

Phyllis Kornfeld, artist, educator, and author of "Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America," will present a slide talk on the art of prisoners, a collection of images and art forms that reveal this unseen culture and the faces of its inhabitants, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Stockbridge Library.

Kornfeld has been conducting visual arts programs in prisons and curating exhibitions of the work for 29 years.

Focusing on recent work born in the penitentiary, her talk will explore the range of production from mainstream prison art, with its reliance on tattoo imagery, to "folk arts" like soap carving, to powerful drawings and paintings by individual artists.

Information: Library at (413) 298-5501.


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