Open Access
Dee Hibbert-Jones and Gregory Sale
Conversation & Screening

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7 p.m.

Free for Montalvo members: Call 408-961-5849 or email Chris Wilcox to RSVP.

VENUE: Lucas Artists Program Commons

Join Lucas Artists Fellow Gregory Sale and invited artist Dee Hibbert-Jones as they discuss their engagement with various constituencies involved in the US criminal justice system and the challenges of creating platforms for critical reflection, dialogue, and social action. The conversation will be followed by a screening of the Oscar-nominated animated documentary film Last Day of Freedom, co-directed by Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, which tells the story of Bill Babbitt and his decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty.    


Dee Hibbert-Jones is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and artist. She works collaboratively with Nomi Talisman on film, new media and fine art projects that examine power and politics: the regulation of behavior and the blinding cover of privilege. Her most recent animated documentary film Last Day of Freedom, co-directed with Talisman, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Hibbert-Jones is a Guggenheim Fellow, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow and Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni. She is an Associate Professor of Art a Digital Art New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she founded and now co-directs the Social Practice Arts Research Center at UCSC, a social and environmental research center.

Gregory Sale is a multidisciplinary artist whose work brings together a multitude of individuals implicated in and working with the criminal justice system. His aim is to soften and collapse boundaries, thereby encouraging reciprocal dialogue and mutual learning. His long-term large-scale project, It’s not just black and white (2011) at Arizona State University Art Museum, consciously wrestled with the visual motifs of sheriff Joe Arpaio, while considering the cultural, social, and personal issues at stake in the day-to-day workings of the criminal justice system. He is currently producing Rap Sheet to Resume, a workshop and social practice project for the Urban Justice Center in New York City. Sale has been the recipient of numerous awards from such organizations as the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Creative Capital, and the Ford Foundation. He serves as Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Public Practice at Arizona State University.  


Our new theme for Open Access in 2017: filmmakers, performance artists, composers, visual artists, and writers will probe wide-ranging creative change-making strategies, and share art works that serve as platforms for critical reflection, advocacy, collaboration, public dialogue, democratic action, and the development of alternative social models and imaginaries. 

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