New Exhibits at Eastern State Penitentiary Tell Stories of Lives Led Behind Bars and a Family's Response to an Unsolved Murder

Opening Reception on Thursday, May 3rd



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

    PHILADELPHIA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary Historic
 Site will host two new art installations for the 2001 tour season, one by
 prisoners currently serving time at the State Correctional Institution at
 Graterford, and one by an artist whose life has been touched by violent crime.
 The new season will open to the public on May 5.  A reception on May 3 from
 5:30 to 7:30 will showcase the new and returning installations for the season.
     "Unimaginable Isolation: Stories from Graterford" is a project of
 Philadelphia's Village of Arts and Humanities.  Project artists Lily Yeh,
 Glenn Holsten and Gerry Givnish have been working for nearly a year with
 inmates from the State Correctional Institution at Graterford.  The resulting
 installation fills Cellblock Eight with thirteen audio and visual self-
 portraits designed for men currently serving time at Graterford.
     Ilan Sandler's "Arrest" deals with his family's response to the unsolved
 murder of his sister, Simone Sandler, which took place in Toronto in July of
 1994.  Mr. Sandler made text out of steel and mounted it onto gates leading
 into the cells of Cellblock Ten.  The texts are excerpts from conversations
 with his parents.  Inside the cells he has installed digital recordings of
 both his family's heartbeats and the ambient sounds common to the urban area
 where Simone Sandler's body was recovered.
     The new tour season at the historic site will also feature two cells
 restored to tell the stories of specific inmates at specific times in the
 penitentiary's history.  John Curran, Inmate No. 6, served 1829 to 1830 for
 horse theft.  His cell will have a historic wooden floor and will be
 replastered and restored to appear as it did during Curran's incarceration.
 Richard "Cochise" Bell, Inmate E-8904, served time at Eastern State from 1958
 to 1970.  His cell will feature audio clips of his Eastern State memories,
 photographs of him during his incarceration, and a self-portrait he painted
 while held at Eastern.
     Eastern State Penitentiary is located at 22nd and Fairmount Avenue, just
 five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The public can call for
 hours at 215-236-3300, or explore the website at www.EasternState.org.
 
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    PHILADELPHIA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary Historic
 Site will host two new art installations for the 2001 tour season, one by
 prisoners currently serving time at the State Correctional Institution at
 Graterford, and one by an artist whose life has been touched by violent crime.
 The new season will open to the public on May 5.  A reception on May 3 from
 5:30 to 7:30 will showcase the new and returning installations for the season.
     "Unimaginable Isolation: Stories from Graterford" is a project of
 Philadelphia's Village of Arts and Humanities.  Project artists Lily Yeh,
 Glenn Holsten and Gerry Givnish have been working for nearly a year with
 inmates from the State Correctional Institution at Graterford.  The resulting
 installation fills Cellblock Eight with thirteen audio and visual self-
 portraits designed for men currently serving time at Graterford.
     Ilan Sandler's "Arrest" deals with his family's response to the unsolved
 murder of his sister, Simone Sandler, which took place in Toronto in July of
 1994.  Mr. Sandler made text out of steel and mounted it onto gates leading
 into the cells of Cellblock Ten.  The texts are excerpts from conversations
 with his parents.  Inside the cells he has installed digital recordings of
 both his family's heartbeats and the ambient sounds common to the urban area
 where Simone Sandler's body was recovered.
     The new tour season at the historic site will also feature two cells
 restored to tell the stories of specific inmates at specific times in the
 penitentiary's history.  John Curran, Inmate No. 6, served 1829 to 1830 for
 horse theft.  His cell will have a historic wooden floor and will be
 replastered and restored to appear as it did during Curran's incarceration.
 Richard "Cochise" Bell, Inmate E-8904, served time at Eastern State from 1958
 to 1970.  His cell will feature audio clips of his Eastern State memories,
 photographs of him during his incarceration, and a self-portrait he painted
 while held at Eastern.
     Eastern State Penitentiary is located at 22nd and Fairmount Avenue, just
 five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The public can call for
 hours at 215-236-3300, or explore the website at www.EasternState.org.
 
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