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Sherrill Roland | The Jumpsuit Project

Sherrill Roland

The Jumpsuit Project: Brooklyn Public Library, May 2017


Photo: Gregg Richards



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Please join Studio Museum curators Connie H. Choi and Hallie Ringle for a tour of Fictions at 6 pm and a performance by artist Sherrill Roland of The Jumpsuit Project from 7 to 9 pm.

In The Jumpsuit Project, an ongoing performance work, Roland seeks to challenge ideas around mass incarceration and create a safe space for discussion. While a graduate student, he was wrongfully convicted and spent nineteen months in prison due to a case of mistaken identity. Although eventually exonerated, Roland’s experiences with the justice system had a lasting effect on both his life and artistic practice. During his performance he will wear an orange jumpsuit—a reminder of his prison uniform—and invite visitors into his “cell,” a space that is roughly the size of the cell from his time in prison. Visitors are encouraged to engage in conversation with Roland during the course of his performance.

Sherrill Roland’s The Jumpsuit Project is presented as part of Fictions, an exhibition on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem from September 14, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

This event is free and open to the public, though pre-registration is encouraged.



Lead sponsor of Fictions

Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem are made possible thanks in part to support from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council. Additional support is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.