Be a part of the Conversation with the #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists Exhibition, May 31

Be a part of the Conversation with the #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists Exhibition, May 31

Luis Cruz Azaceta Taperuler Gun, 2014 Tape ruler and decommissioned handgun 3 ½ x 12 inches Photo by Neil Alexander, courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans

On Thursday, May 31, there will be an Opening Reception from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery. Prior to the reception, join us for a panel discussion, "Art Making for Social Change," from 5 – 6 p.m. with curator Jonathan Ferrara and other exhibiting artists, moderated by Helen Klisser During.

The Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM), in partnership with # UN LOAD and the Guns In The Hands of Artists Foundation , is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition #UNLOAD : Guns in the Hands of Artists . Each piece in the exhibition was created using decommissioned guns that were taken off the streets of New Orleans via a gun buyback program and distributed to internationally-known artists. Painters, sculptors, photographers, poets, and other artists used these decommissioned firearms to create works of art that address the complex issue of guns and gun violence.

The exhibition originated in mid-1990s New Orleans, where a spiking murder rate led artist Brian Borrello to conceive of the first iteration of the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition. His idea was to bring discussions about the role of guns and gun violence in our society into the realm of art -- art as the language for dialogue and possibly change -- without the often partisan and polarized politics that surround the issue. Borrello and gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara mounted the initial exhibition at Positive Space The Gallery in September 1996, in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. In 2014, Ferrara revisited the exhibition, featuring new work by internationally recognized artists. Through his or her own medium, each artist has used decommissioned firearms to create works that express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion, and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture.

This exhibition is a part of # UN LOAD , an arts-based initiative in Connecticut that seeks to drive consensus around the divisive issue of gun violence. Visit the unloadusa.org website for more information about the many events taking place across the state in 2018; each event is designed to engage our communities in vibrant dialogue about this important issue.

In collaboration with the Guns in the Hands of Artists Foundation, # UN LOAD , and the Quick Center for the Arts, FUAM hopes to engage the community in taking a hard look at the serious public health consequences of gun violence in America. Please check the event website often as additional programming is in the works. The museum hopes that the exhibition and the events presented in conjunction with it will offer unique opportunities to engage in the conversation about guns in our society, using art as the catalyst for dialogue.

Art Making for Social Change Panel Discussion

Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Wien Experimental Theatre in the Quick Center for the Arts

Additional Details:

On Thursday, May 31, opening night of #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists will begin at 5 p.m. with a panel discussion, "Art Making for Social Change," moderated by Helen Klisser During, co-founder and artistic director of #UNLOAD, in the Wien Experimental Theatre in the Quick Center for the Arts. The panel of exhibition artists includes: exhibition organizer, gallerist and artist Jonathan Ferrara; Margaret Evangeline; Bradley McCallum; and Paul Villinski. The panel discussion will be directly followed by the opening reception and viewing of the exhibition. This discussion is free and open to the public. Register to attend at faifield.edu/unload

Opening Reception for #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists

Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts

Additional Details:

#UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum's Walsh Gallery from June 1 - October 13, 2018; an Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Register to attend at fairfield.edu/unload

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