Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.Sunday, July 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
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Reception: Friday, June 9, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Curator and Artist’s Talk: 8:00 p.m., Auditorium 150

Film Screening: Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA, Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium 140, followed by discussion with representatives from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Protect Minnesota.

Be SMART, a conversation about kids, guns, and safety: Thursday, July 13, 2:30–3:00 p.m., Emeritus Conference Room, 2nd floor, facilitated by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Closing Discussion: Sunday, July 16, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Emeritus Conference Room, with representatives from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Protect Minnesota, and the #Enough Campaign.

Unloaded is a nationally traveling multimedia 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 and collaboratives touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and use of firearms across a range of demographic categories.

The artists in Unloaded visualize the power of the gun as icon and instrument. They explore the role that firearms continue to play in our national mythologies, influencing suicide rates, individual and mass murder statistics, incidents of domestic violence, and the militarization of civilian life. 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.

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MCAD Gallery Hours

Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m.

*Please note that MCAD Gallery will be open on Tuesday, July 4, noon–5:00 p.m.

Events and exhibitions are always free and open to the public. For more information or any disability accommodations, please contact Kerry Morgan, director of gallery and exhibition programs, at 612.874.3667 or