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

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.

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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 Times cartoonist 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 Economist, Baltimore 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.

Additional Links:
Patrick Chappatte TwitterWikipedia
Sister Helen Prejean FacebookWikipedia

Related Event:
Dead Man Walking: The Journey Goes On
A Lecture by Sister Helen Prejean
Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m.
For more info, click here.

Organized by Diane Winston (Journalism), Patrick Chappatte (research fellow), and Anne-Frédérique Widmann.

Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs is glad to support this project, which aims at fostering inclusive and constructive debates on the death penalty.

Co-sponsored by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, the USC Office for Religious Life, the USC Caruso Catholic Center, the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC, the USC Center for Public Diplomacy, the USC School for Cinematic Arts, and Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights.

Artwork was gathered with the help of Compassion, R.E.A.C.H., Minutes Before Six, Who Decides Inc., Witness to Innocence, and Art for Justice.

Photo: Martin Cohen Photography