Throughout the year the Curb Center graciously hosts workshops, seminars, panels, and special events designed to educate the public and enrich the arts at Vanderbilt and our community at large.
THE FORM OF REFORM
Showing through October 31, 2020*
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
*To comply with Covid-19 safety recommendations we are asking for anyone interested in viewing this show to make an appointment by calling 615.322.2872 or emailing email@example.com first.
For our current installation, The Form of Reform, we have partnered with R.E.A.C.H. (Reciprocal Education and Community Healing), a local group comprised of Death Row prisoners (insiders) and local professors and students (outsiders) who share a vision of changing the social justice paradigm. The group believes the present criminal justice system is traumatizing the lives of our youth, and those already caught in its grasp, and seeks ways to change the system for the better. The show features paintings, drawings, photographs, leather work, sculpture, jewelry, and writings created by Riverbend Maximum Security Institution death row prisoners awaiting execution, or already executed, by the state of Tennessee.
What does it mean to be human? How does one come to forgiveness? What needs to happen to heal? What does it mean to have peace? Is our justice system really just? Should the death penalty exist?
With The Form of Reform we want to facilitate the difficult yet long-overdue conversations which address the complex questions surrounding our current criminal justice system, prison reform, and the death penalty. These questions can never be answered if the conversations only include the same voices which created, and often profit from, the problem. Yet these voices, and indeed every voice, cannot be left out of the discussions if real, positive, change is to happen. We hope the community will use The Form of Reform to engage in civil, authentic dialogue with friends and strangers around restorative and transformative justice. True justice can only be accomplished by listening to the voices of those within the community: You.
In addition to our annual art installations with their attendant programming throughout the year, we also sponsor a number of events across the campus and in our local and regional communities. Highlighted events from the past year can be viewed here.