The public is invited to join the live-stream talk, part of Friday Nights Live!

Jackie Black at the Parrish Art Museum in 2016 at the opening of Artists Choose Artists. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez

Artist and activist Jackie Black will discuss Last Meal—her exhibition of photographs on view at the Parrish Art Museum, with Exhibition Organizer Savannah Petrick, on Friday, November 27, 5pm. For her images, Black recreated the last meals and statements of 22 individuals who were tried, convicted, and executed in Texas under capital punishment between 1984 and 2001. The public is invited to join the talk, which is part of the Museum’s online Friday Nights Live! series. Log in information is at

“I’m delighted to join Jackie Black for this important conversation about art and activism in America. After a 17-year informal moratorium, federal capital punishment resumed under the Trump administration in July, just as the United States was entering its current movement for social and racial justice,” said Petrick. “Though made almost 20 years ago, Black’s Last Meal series is as relevant as ever.”

On view at the Parrish through January 2021, Last Meal is Black’s commentary on capital punishment. Petrick, Curatorial Assistant and Publications Coordinator, and Black will discuss the work in the context of today’s America—a country that has had 170 exonerations since 1973; and 1,522 executions since 1976. Since it opened at the Museum on August 7, 2020, Last Meal has garnered critical acclaim and attention worldwide in media including and Aesthetica (UK); The AD and (Netherlands); (Italy); CapeTalk and 2 Oceans Vibe (South Africa); Kenyan News (Kenya); as well as Surface, WSJI, and Progressive Christianity.

At first glance, Black’s photographs read as staged food photos on a glossy diner menu. However, suspended against stark black backgrounds in a gallery setting – with no suggestion of social or human interaction – the images are transformed into macabre still lifes.  Some of the meals read as an inventory of favorite foods, such as Allen Castillo: 24 soft shell tacos, 6 enchiladas, 6 tostadas, 2 whole onions, 5 jalapenos, 2 cheeseburgers, 1 chocolate shake, 1 quart milk. Menus like this, evoking Fourth of July picnic fare, are contrasted with simple requests such as Charles William Bass: Plain cheese sandwich. Perhaps Black’s most affecting portrait is one devoid of food or drink. Robert Anthony Madden: ASKED THAT LAST MEAL BE GIVEN TO A HOMELESS PERSON (REQUEST DENIED.), four lines of white type, is a plaintive appeal from a distant, disembodied source.



TALK: Jackie Black and Savannah Petrick Discuss Last Meal

Friday, November 27, 5pm


Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America.

Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.

Jackie Black: Last Meal is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of Marty and David Hamamoto, Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox.

The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District. 


 Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.



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