FREE ADMISSION – Uncaged Perspectives Opening Reception

Join us in celebration of the opening of Uncaged Perspectives. All are welcome to attend, no RSVP needed

Date: Thursday, March 7th

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: 1st floor of The Cheech

Guests will enjoy food by Ya Estufas! and music by LA DJ Smurf

About the Exhibition:

The prison functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work that the prison performs—it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society. – Angela Davis.

Through drawings, paintings, photography, and mixed-media sculptures, viewers are invited to critically examine the roots and repercussions of mass incarceration – from its historical origins rooted in racism and inequality to its contemporary manifestations within the criminal justice system and our communities. A platform for incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system-impacted individuals to share their stories and personal testimonies, this exhibition seeks to shed light on the ways society has perpetuated erasure and criminalization, from the earliest encounters with indigenous populations to the present-day crisis of mass incarceration.

In collaboration with the UC Riverside Underground Scholars Initiative, this exhibition was co-curated by Maryana Carreon, Fidel Chagolla, Carlos Cruz, Ismael Davila, and Luis Miranda. Uncaged Perspectives features art by 17 local artists: Mark Stanley Bey, Cisco Streetlenz, James Clark, Steve Clark, Eugene Cuypers, Dishon, Humberto Flores, Javier Flores, Miguel Magana, Luis Miranda, Gabriela Molina, Panda, Jair Torres, Arturo Valles, and Vicente Vega.

Participatory Defense

Riverside All of Us or None

UCR Underground Scholars  

Starting Over

Pictured: “Got it Bad Cause I’m Brown” and Inland Empire Carceral Landscape, Photo credit: Humberto Flores UCLA’ 19 and UCR’ 21 Alumnus, UCSB PhD Student

Riverside ArtsWalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. Find an ArtsWalk map – here.

Join our vibrant community in celebrating the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.