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UNLOADED is a nationally traveling, multi-media, group exhibition that explores the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership in the United States.

Curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, the exhibition presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end.

Works by twenty-two artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and use of firearms across demographic categories. They examine, according to Slavick, “the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies, suicide rates, individual and mass murder, domestic violence, and the militarization of civilian life.”

“The artists in UNLOADED visualize the power of the gun as icon and instrument, the damage it can do and how weapons might be rejected, broken, or silenced,” she added. “Some show the power that guns wield in our daily realities and personal fantasies. Others mourn and resist that power, doing everything they can to take it away, believing there are better ways to resolve conflicts, ensure safety, and keep the peace.”

Artists include: Lauren F. Adams, Natalie Baxter, Nina Berman, Joshua Bienko, Casey Li Brander, Anthony Cervino, Mel Chin, Cathy Colman, Dadpranks, James Duesing, Jessica Fenlon, Vanessa German, Laura Karetzky, Jinshan, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Jennifer Meridian, Adrian Piper, Don Porcella, Devan Shimoyama, Susanne Slavick, Renee Stout, and Stephanie Syjuco.

Additional programing at MCAD will include several film screenings followed by discussions, a panel discussion with people on both sides of the gun rights/gun violence prevention debate, and community workshops.

UNLOADED Exhibition Details:

Reception: Friday, June 9, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
  Curator and Artist Talk by Susanne Slavick at 8:00 p.m. in Auditorium 150
When: June 9–July 16, 2017
Where: MCAD Main Gallery, 2501 Stevens Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404
Who: Free and open to the public


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