Incorrigibles is a documentary art project that studies youth incarceration, specifically as it concerns young women from the early 1900’s to the present day. The Incorrigibles project has a number of components, including an in-progress web platform, exhibitions, short film, podcasts, storytelling sub-projects, public events, and an artist book. At the convergence of art and social responsibility, Incorrigibles focuses on storytelling as a way to better understand and dialogue about juvenile justice and social services for girls.Incorrigibles aims to reexamine and challenge the language and conceptions that have historically been used to label, define, and confine girls. Beginning with records from the New York State Training School for Girls (1904-1975), stories from young women confined there reflect the deep patterns— both linguistic and penal— in youth justice and American society at large. The visual strategies, in synergy with verbal storytelling, shed personal and profound light on the history of young women’s confinement from the perspective of those who have been directly affected. Ultimately, through this process, Incorrigibles hopes to serve as a mirror to witness American society’s changing perceptions of what it deems punishable and offensive when it comes to the lives and behavior of young women over the last 100 years in the United States.
Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Women and Girls of New York
Incorrigibles and the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse invite you to a night of storytelling, discussion, and exploration of the past, present, and future of girls' and women's justice in New York. Join us for this panel event–with formerly incarcerated women, advocates, lawyers, professors, and judges–to learn about and discuss what has been done in the name of justice and protection in New York State, and to imagine what the future of girls’ justice looks like.This event is free and open to the public and is associated with the exhibition currently on view in the Charles P. Sifton Gallery at the Courthouse, which will be open until February 15th, 2019. CLE credit is available for this event. If you are interested in receiving credit, please contact the host after registering using the button on your reservation confirmation.Funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.LocationThe Ceremonial Courtroom, Brooklyn Federal CourthouseUS District Courthouse, Eastern District of New York225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201Feel free to email us with any questions at [email protected] Sincerely,The Incorrigibles Team
Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York (Brooklyn)
We are excited to invite you to the opening of a new exhibit at the Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York, which will feature the works of artists Alison Cornyn and Beth Thielen, and will document the history of girls’ incarceration in New York State over the last 100 years. Cornyn’s work, with her project Incorrigibles, features archival images and documentation from the New York State Training School for Girls, oral histories of women who were incarcerated there in the 1960’s and 70’s, and a short film about the history of girls’ incarceration. The exhibition also features work by artist Beth Thielen, known for her one-of-a-kind Artists Books and public art projects, written works by girls and women who currently are or formerly were incarcerated, and a young artist currently enrolled in an alternative to incarceration program at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse. This exhibition is made in partnership with the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse and For Freedoms, an organization devoted to inclusive civic participation through the arts that originally was inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941): freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
The location and date for the billboard is still TBC.