EVENT CANCELED - Reginald Dwayne Betts and Titus Kaphar: Redaction

Wed. Mar 8, 2023 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled.

The poet and the visual artist discuss their joint artistic and literary project, which confronts the abuses of the criminal justice system.

The work of both visual artist and filmmaker Titus Kaphar and poet, memoirist, and attorney Reginald Dwayne Betts sheds light on the violences of incarceration and the underexplored contradictions of American history. Inspired by their 2019 show at MoMA PS1, Redaction unites their different mediums to expose the ways the legal system exploits and erases the poor and incarcerated from public consciousness. Betts contributes his signature redacted poetry, which relies on legal documents for its source material. It is paired with Kaphar’s etched portraits of incarcerated individuals.

Betts and Kaphar discuss their exploration of history, incarceration, and race in America.

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Reginald Dwayne Betts headshot © Mamadi DoumbouyaReginald Dwayne Betts is the author of Felon, a New York Times Notable Book, and is founder and CEO of Freedom Reads, a first-of-its-kind organization which builds specially curated micro-libraries in prisons for people who are incarcerated and corrections staff.

Titus Kaphar headshot © Merik GomaTitus Kaphar is an acclaimed painter, multimedia artist, and the founder of NXTHVN (Next Haven), a nonprofit arts hub in New Haven that empowers emerging artists and curators of color through education and access. His work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC; in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others; and has appeared on the cover of Time magazine.


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Reginald Dwayne Betts © Mamadi Doumbouya
Titus Kaphar © Merik Goma

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 476 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018