Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System

A review of Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, organized by guest curator Risa Puleo

When artists find unexpected ways to confront injustice, whether by pointing to it or working to correct its impact, art once again sparks dialogue if not direct action. On view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH)through Jan. 6, 2019, Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System showcases artists who work to directly address a complex, disjointed, and flawed system within the United States. Organized by guest curator Risa Puleo, the exhibition features over 40 artists from across the country.

Puleo and the CAMH have arranged the exhibition in sections that examine the many components of the system these artists are targeting. They range from profiling and arrest into the courtroom for processing, through incarceration to an exit that can be either hopeful or dreadful.