Presented in partnership with #UNLOAD, Fairfield University Art Museum, and the Quick Center for the Arts
April 1 through April 18, 2019
Video Mural Installation runs daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Quick Center Lobby – Free and Open to the Public
“Guns in America: A TIME and JR Project” is curated by #UNLOAD founders Mary Himes and Helen During, in partnership with the Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM). Over the span of three weeks the public is invited to engage with this incredible video mural installation in the Quick Center lobby, to explore and stimulate conversations on gun culture in America. Through curated guest speakers, the mural will become a space for discussion and making a difference, in search of common ground.
To further the conversation, the Quick also invites you to attend our Global Theatre Series presentation of GUN COUNTRY: A Theatrical Exploration of Firearms in America on Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 at 12 p.m.: Fairfield University English Professor Beth Boquet, PhD, will facilitate a conversation in the Quick Center lobby using an inquiry-based approach to gun violence prevention and harm reduction. So many questions follow a shooting: “Why?” “What can we do to make it stop?” “When will enough finally be enough?” In this curated session, Dr. Boquet will help participants consider the questions that follow these questions… the questions that help us to construct better questions… and those that move us closer to action, to help us determine what Bruno Latour has described as “the right ways to build.”
Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m.: Carol Ann Davis, associate professor of English at Fairfield University, will read from her forthcoming book, The Nail in the Tree: On Art, Violence, and Parenting, which narrates her experience of raising two sons in Sandy Hook, Conn., on the day of — and during the aftermath — of the shooting there. Davis will invite participants to think broadly about how gun violence affects all of us, from our children’s experiences of lockdown drills to the disparate ways in which gun violence is covered in the media, depending on where it happens and to whom.
Wednesday, April 10 at 5 p.m.: Danielle Ogden, an adjunct professor of art history at Fairfield University and a museum specialist in adult learning at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., will speak about French street artist and photographer JR, and lead a conversation on social activism and art.