In Plain Sight x Oxy Arts

In Plain Sight (IPS) is a coalition of 80 artists dedicated to the abolition of immigrant detention and culture of incarceration. Learn more about the Fall 2020 exhibition and curricular integration of the IPS project into the inaugural Arts in Los Angeles Semester.


Image: Bamby Salcedo, STOP CRIMMIGRATION NOW, over LA Field Office on July 3, 2020, as part of In Plain Sight. Photo by Dee Gonzalez. Courtesy of In Plain Sight.

Fall 2020 In Plain Sight Exhibition and Programming


Oxy Arts and In Plain Sight are partnering to present a group exhibition and related programming to further amplify and support the In Plain Sight project and the urgent call for immigrant justice.

Curricular Integration


Our partnership with In Plain Sight extends into the Fall semester cirriculum through the Oxy Immersive Semester Programs and the Cultural Studies Program (CSP).  

Arts in Los Angeles Immersive Semester

The Arts in Los Angeles Immersive Semester includes 12+ units of coursework that will orient students to multi- and trans-disciplinary scholarship on the history, theory, and practice of LA arts, as well as community-based work/internship options that will provide students with professional opportunities to actively engage in local projects/communities. All components of the program will be fully remote so any Oxy student may participate regardless of where they reside.

Visit the Arts in Los Angeles Home Page

Cultural Studies Program (CSP)

The Cultural Studies Program (CSP) offers a lecture series and two special seminars within the Core Program. The seminars offered during Fall 2020 are CSP 1: California Immigration Semester and CSP 2: Explusions: Un/documented Migrants, Refugees, and the Stateless.

Every year the CSP hosts distinguished speakers from outside the Occidental community, deliberately chosen for their expertise and varied perspectives. In Fall 2020, the CSP Lecture Series will open with a conversation between artists Cassils and Rafa Esparza about their collaboration launching In Plain Sight.

CSP Plus

CSP 1: California Immigration Semester is focused on literary works and histories of immigrant communities throughout California and the social forces that impact those communities.

CSP 2: Explusions: Un/documented Migrants, Refugees, and the Stateless brings to bear the diverse intellectual work on migration, refugees, and statelessness, including work from human rights studies, international political economy, security studies, and the history of migration and global movements. Taught by Sophal Ear (Diplomacy & World Affairs), Anthony Tirado Chase (Diplomacy & World Affairs), and Jane Hong (History). 

Follow the In Plain Sight Project


Independence Day Weekend 2020 | Project Launch 

Read coverage of the In Plain Sight launch:

80 artists sent messages over U.S. detention centers, Los Angeles Times (July 3, 2020)
Protesting U.S. Immigration Policies, Artists Aim for the Sky, New York Times (July 3, 2020)
#DefundHate: Artists Create Skytyped Messages Denouncing the Immigrant Detention Crisis, Hyperallergic (July 6, 2020)
Look Up: 80 Artists Are Skywriting to Highlight the Injustice of Immigration Detention in America, Vogue (July 7, 2020)

Visit the In Plain Sight website to learn more about how you can take action to end immigrant detention in the U.S.