Robert King Wilkerson, a member of the Black Panther Party who spent thirty-two years in Angola Prison, twenty-nine of them in solitary confinement, will discuss the use of speech and the voice under the pressure of complete isolation. This presentation was conceived by Mark Beasley, Curator at Creative Time, and Rigo 23, a San Francisco-based artist and activist and King's longtime collaborator. Rigo 23 will present a video documentary about King and the Angola 3: Robert King Wilkerson, Albert Woodfox, and Herman Wallace, all of whom arrived at Angola Prison as young men under various circumstances in the late 1960s. To this day, Woodfox and Wallace are the longest-held prisoners in solitary isolation (or closed-cell restriction) in the United States.
This event is part of Creative Time's "Hey Hey Glossolalia: Exhibiting the Voice," a series of free events throughout the month of May that explore the use of the voice in contemporary art. See creativetime.org for more information on this and upcoming events.