Museum of Drug Policy Pops Up in NYC

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A powerful and well-timed pop-up "Museum of Drug Policy" opened its doors in New York City this week, just around the corner from where world leaders convened at the highly-publicized 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs. The three-day installation, put on by Open Society Foundations, featured artwork depicting the pains of mass incarceration and prohibition, as well as performances and speeches from policy influencers. 

The museum, open from 10:30am to 6pm at 47th Street and Park Avenue, showed more than 70 pieces of international art. On opening night this Tuesday, attendees enjoyed a performance by musician John Forté, and a live-streaming of an UNGASS-themed Melissa Harris-Perry show. Wednesday's guests were treated to a screening of Cartel Land and a Q&A with director Matthew Heineman.

Thursday night closed the event with a spoken-word poetry show, hosted by Power 105's Angie Martinez, and a special appearance by Russell Simmons.