Dr Fleetwood, 48, who is also a professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University, curated an exhibition of the same name that gained acclaim after his debut at MoMA PS1 last year. In the book and accompanying museum exhibit, Dr Fleetwood delves into the cultural and aesthetic significance of art made by incarcerated people.
“For me, one of the great gifts for people who go to the show or read the book is that it challenges their assumptions about who is incarcerated, why they are incarcerated and what they do with their time,” said Dr Fleetwood.
The grant will help the ‘Marking Time’ project expand its touring footprint, she added, noting that she recently helped set up the exhibit in Birmingham. To the.
Other fellows in this year’s class include Trevor Bedford, a virologist who develops real-time tools to follow the evolution of the virus; Marcella Alsan, doctor and economist who studies how the legacies of discrimination perpetuate health inequalities; and Desmond Meade, a civil rights activist working to restore the franchise to those formerly incarcerated.
And there are several fellows who work with or study the technology. Joshua Miele, technology designer at Amazon, develops devices that help visually impaired and blind people like him access technology products and digital information on a daily basis. Safiya Noble, digital media specialist, wrote about how search engines reinforce racist and sexist stereotypes.
The youngest is Jordan Casteel, 32, a painter known for his portraits that capture daily encounters with people of color. The oldest is Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, 70, a choreographer who founded the performance ensemble Urban Bush Women.