The ICA at Maine College of Art is free and open to the public. Wednesday–Sunday 11:00am–5:00pm, Thursday 11:00am–7:00pm, and First Fridays 11:00am–8:00pm.

UNLOADED

On view from March 16, 2017 – April 14, 2017
Exhibition Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00–8:00pm
FFAWFriday, April 7, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
ICA Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thurs, 11:00am–7:00pm, Friday, 11:00am–5:00pm, (FFAW until 8:00pm)

Masthead Image: Nina Berman, ‘Come And Take It’ Rally, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, 2013

Please join us for a Gallery Talk with Curator Susanne Slavick: Thurs., April 6, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm

Renee Stout, Baby’s First Gun, 1998

Curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University; UNLOADED is a multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. It includes works by: Lauren F. Adams, Nina Berman, Joshua Bienko, Natalie Baxter, Casey Li Brander, Anthony Cervino, Mel Chin, Cathy Colman, Dadpranks, James Duesing, Jessica Fenlon, Vanessa German, Jinshan, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Laura Karetzky, Jennifer Meridian, Adrian Piper, Don Porcella, Devan Shimoyama, Susanne Slavick, Renee Stout, and Stephanie Syjuco.

UNLOADED 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 19 artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and use of firearms, across demographic categories. They examine and represent 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.

Gun ownership and control is a divisive topic in this country. 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. 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.

UNLOADED is touring to ten venues across the country.

Mel Chin, Cross for the Unforgiven, 2002, AK-47 assault rifles (cut and welded), 54 x 54 x 3 inches