Artist Projects

The Jerome Project

Titus Kaphar

The Jerome Project is an investigation into the criminal justice system through the lens of the common and traditionally African-American name, Jerome—the name of the artist’s father. After conducting a series of interviews with Jeromes, Kaphar will work with local high-school students to create a body of work based on their lives and experiences. The final form of the project is a series of paintings and sculptures, an experimental documentary, and national panel discussions on mass incarceration. Working with cinematographer Horacio Marquinez to create a cinematic collage, Kaphar and his collaborators will attempt to highlight both the similarities and distinctions of the Jerome narrative. His intention is to move this project beyond the white cube of the contemporary art gallery into a relevant programming initiative.