Work by Michelle Handelman Featured in Exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

still from Michelle Handelman's Beware the Lily Law, with an inmate in an orange jumpsuit
Michelle Handelman, Beware The Lily Law, 2011.

Michelle Handelman, Film, Media, and Performing Arts, has work featured in the groundbreaking exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System at CAMH/Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features work by artists from across the nation that address the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and the prison-industrial complex. Handelman’s video installation Beware The Lily Law (2011), which has been on display at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia for the past seven years, is presented within a re-created prison cell for this exhibition.

Beware The Lily Law looks at the plight of transgender inmates across the country, featuring two trans performers who reenact prisoners reciting monologues created through first-person accounts and letters smuggled out of U.S. prisons. An article about the exhibition, featuring a still photo taken from Handelman’s work, was recently published in the Texas Observer, titled “A Houston Art Exhibit Gazes Unflinchingly at the Cruelty of Mass Incarceration.”

A catalog is available, and public events will be held throughout the duration of the exhibition. Walls Turned Sideways will be on view through January 6, 2019.

For more information, contact Handelman, (212) 217-3352.

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