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Sherrill Roland | The Jumpsuit Project

Sherrill Roland

The Jumpsuit Project: The Studio Museum in Harlem (performance view), 2017

Courtesy the artist

Photo: Alvaro Escalante

Dec 10, 2017


Fictions, Target Free Sundays

In The Jumpsuit Project, Sherrill Roland's ongoing performance work, the artist seeks to challenge and further discussions around mass incarceration. While a graduate student, Roland was wrongfully convicted and spent over ten months in prison. Although eventually exonerated, his experiences with the justice system had a lasting effect on both his life and his artistic practice. During the performance Roland 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 his cell in prison. Visitors are encouraged to engage in conversation with Roland during the course of his performance.

Sherrill Roland’s The Jumpsuit Project is part of Fictions, an exhibition on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem from September 14, 2017 to January 15, 2018. 

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.