Inspired by the grand opening earlier this year of Denver Justice Center, the folks at the University of Colorado at Denver College of Arts and Media saw the new jail as the tie-in for a fall program that aims to expand on the nature of justice through the eyes of artists, poets and filmmakers. Designed with a double intent, the three-week series, Justice/Injustice, brings these artists to the Auraria campus for afternoon master classes with students, as well as evening presentations for the public.
The public portion kicks off tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the King Center Recital Hall with artists Garrison Roots and Catherine Widgery discussing and showing slides of public art at the Justice Center, including their own contributions: Roots's terrazzo art floor, Acumen, in the Detention Center, and Widgery's Cloudbreak, located in the jury assembly room, which is constructed of more than 12,000 glass tubes mounted in a metal frame, using beautifully diffused light as a metaphor for the clarity of justice.
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Next week at the same time and place, the focus shifts to photography and poetry in a presentation by photographer Deborah Luster and poet C.S. Wright, who will give a slide presentation and answer questions about their book collaboration, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, a blend of Luster's bleak shots of prisoners and text by Wright, a MacArthur grant-winner and former Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.
And on September 30, filmmaker Jessica Sanders will present a screening of her film After Innocence, an exploration of wrongly sentenced innocents and their struggle to re-assimilate after decades in prison at 7:30 p.m. in the Starz FilmCenter. Admission to all the events, sponsored by UC Denver Live!, is free; email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.