NJCU Virtual Talk: Criminal Justice & Julie Green’s First Meal Paintings

March 4, 12:30pm-2:00pm

on Zoom

Julie Green, Thank God I’m Home said Marcel Brown, 2019, acrylic on Tyvek, 35.5 x 46 in. Artwork © 2019 Julie Green

Virtual Talk with the former New York Times National Correspondent, Kirk Johnson, and Prof. Sara Sommervold.


In this virtual talk, the former New York Times critic, Kirk Johnson, and Prof. Sara Sommervold of Center on Wrongful Convictions of Northwestern University will shed light on the subjects of Julie Green’s First Meal series paintings – those who were unfairly incarcerated and exonerated after legal battles. and Prof. Sara Sommervold of Center on Wrongful Convictions.


For the past three years until her recent death, Julie Green (1961– 2021) had been asking wrongfully convicted persons about their “first meals” upon their release from prison, painting their responses for her series by the same name. With colorfully painted details of food, such as oranges, burgers and fries, and pizza, twelve works from the series featured in this exhibition humanize and personalize the shocking statics around wrongful convictions in the U.S. Partnering with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and The Innocence Project, Green’s focus extends beyond the individual meals (and individuals) she depicts to the sheer number of wrongfully imprisoned in this country and the reason for their unjust incarceration.


This virtual talk by the former New York Times critic, Kirk Johnson, and Prof. Sara Sommervold of Center on Wrongful Convictions of Northwestern University will shed light on the subjects of First Meal series paintings – those who were unfairly incarcerated and exonerated after legal battles.


The talk is free for public but registration is required.

Register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-about-criminal-justice-and-julie-greens-first-meal-paintings-tickets-256906613597


Special Weekend Hours:

March 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please RSVP by emailing myoshimoto@njcu.edu


Gallery exhibition is on view February 2 - March 25, 2022

The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Hepburn Hall, Room 323

2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City, NJ 07305


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