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  • Changing Perceptions: World War I and the Visual Arts | September 4-December 14, 2018 | Emily Lowe Gallery, Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
  • Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration  - August 14 , 2018 -  March 10, 2019, - David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus

Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration

Through March 10, 2019
David Filderman Gallery


The United States has the highest rate of incarceration of any country in the world, with over 2 million people currently imprisoned. This exhibition features photographs spanning more than 50 years by three artists, Danny Lyon (American, born 1942), Jessica Earnshaw (Canadian, born 1983), and Isadora Kosofsky (American, born 1993), highlighting the varied critical issues within the prison system in America.

Funding has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Gallery Location and Hours

David Filderman Gallery
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus

Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. • Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.


Be Informed - Be Involved

The following list is some of the many organizations engaged with issues of incarceration.

Alliance of Families for Justice supports, empowers and mobilizes families of incarcerated people and people with criminal records to marshal their voting power and advocacy skills to bring about systemic change. www.afj-ny.org

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize – and when necessary, defend – our country's systems of democracy and justice. www.brennancenter.org/issues/ending-mass-incarceration

The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) increases public safety through innovative services including alternatives to incarceration. www.cases.org

The Fortune Society supports successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. www.fortunesociety.org

JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030 (#halfby2030) by empowering people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. www.justleadershipusa.org

The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. www.themarshallproject.org

New Hour for Women and Children—LI provides pre- and post-release services that promote successful community re-entry and family reunification for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women on Long Island. www.newhourli.org

Prison Policy Initiative is a non-partisan non-profit that produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization. www.prisonpolicy.org

The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration. www.sentencingproject.org

Vera- Institute of Justice a non-profit institution that is committed to ending mass incarceration through strengthening families and communities and securing equal justice. www.vera.org

Danny Lyon (American, born 1942), The Line, 1968

Danny Lyon (American, born 1942), The Line, 1968, 2011, gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in., Hofstra University Museum Collections, gift of Peter and Susan Chatzky, HU2016.87 © Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York

Related Programs:

Exhibition Reception
Thursday, September 13, 2018 • 4-6 p.m.
Location: David Filderman Gallery
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus
Remarks by Liena Gurevich, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Criminology, Hofstra University
Free admission. Light refreshments.

PUBLIC PROGRAM:
Hidden in Sight: Voices Unheard

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 • 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: David Filderman Gallery
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus
Free and open to the public.

PUBLIC PROGRAM:
Hidden in Sight: A Community Conversation

Thursday, November 1, 2018 • 4-6 p.m.
Location: Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Tenth Floor, South Campus
Free and open to the public.

PUBLIC PROGRAM:
Hidden in Sight: Curatorial Conversations

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: David Filderman Gallery
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus
Program fees apply. Advanced registration is required.

For more information or to register for Museum events please call (516) 463-5672 or click here.

Additional Related Programs

All programs are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 27, 12:10-1 p.m.
"Exonerate the Innocent" with Barry Scheck

Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.
Film Screening and Discussion
The Central Park Five (2012)

Wednesday, October 17, 11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
(Common Hour)
The Central Park Five Discussion with Dr. Natalie P. Byfield

Monday, December 3, 2:45-4:30 pm
Black and Brown Confinement: Intersectional Politics of Mass Incarcerations and
Mass Detention in Contemporary America  with Dr. Valeria Luiselli

Please visit the Hofstra Cultural Center Events for additional related programs


  • Changing Perceptions: World War I and the Visual Arts | September 4-December 14, 2018 | Emily Lowe Gallery, Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
  • Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration  - August 14 , 2018 -  March 10, 2019, - David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus