Meanwhile the Tamms Year Ten campaign, which formed in 2008 to agitate for the reform or closure of the prison, is trying to alleviate some effects of the prisoners' confinement. TYT solicited from inmates requests for photos "of anything in the world, real or imagined." They're seeking volunteers to help fill those requests, which according to a press release "range from 'a brown and white horse rearing in cold enough weather so that you can see his breath' to 'a picture of my auntie's house on 63rd and Marshfield at 2:00 pm' to 'comic book heroes locked in epic battle.'"
Photo requests can be picked up Friday night at what's being called the Tamms Year Ten Campaign Office—the workspace of organizer Laurie Jo Reynolds, which will function for a few months as a public exhibition at the School of the Art Institute, of which Reynolds is an alum. The exhibit features the usual organizer's clutter, plus posters and art made for Tamms-related protests—TYT recently staged a protest with a group of Tamms inmates' family members holding signs reading I Am a Mom, after the striking Memphis AFSCME sanitation workers from Martin Luther King Jr.'s last campaign—and photos of every man who was in Tamms as of TYT's first legislative campaign, in 2008. Reynolds says the pictures will be accompanied by updates about the men's whereabouts, including who's been released from prison, plus the photos the men who remain in prison requested to have taken and "crosses and death dates for those who have died." The campaign office also hosts a display of the collected photos and a discussion at 2 PM on November 17.
Opening reception Fri 10/4, 4:30-8 PM. Through 12/21: Tue-Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute, 33 S. State, seventh floor, saic.edu/exhibitions