September 4 – October 14
David Hess started assembling life-size sculptures of assault rifles from what he calls “rescued” objects – ranging from an old black sneaker and vintage turquoise sewing machine, to a raggedy crutch and pink Barbie bike frame – decades ago, increasing his pace of production following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012. While he has been showing some of the works since 2015, Gun Show at UMBC is the first presentation of over 100 sculptures. Of these, the artist will make 12 available as a “study set” during a special hands-on, discussion-based program.
Hess aims for this project to foster dialogue about one of the most volatile issues of our time – guns, who should or should not own them, whether or not to legislate them, ramifications of their use or misuse, and how issues of race, class, gender identity, and age impact every aspect of these questions.
A reception with the artist, free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, September 7th from 5 to 7 pm.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.
Admission is free.
Dr. Kathy O’Dell, curator of Gun Show, will do “free hour” gallery talks on the dates listed below. No RSVP required. Just show up as close to noon as possible. If you wish to arrange a time outside those listed for Dr. O’Dell to speak with a class or a group, email her at email@example.com.
October 5, 2017, 4:00 PM, CADVC and Fine Arts AmphitheatreDr. Kathy O’Dell opens her essay in the brochure that accompanies Gun Show with this question: “How does it feel to hold a gun?” At an event on October 5, starting at 4:00 PM at the CADVC and then moving to the Fine Arts Amphitheatre, attendees will have an opportunity to explore that question as they view and handle (if they so wish) a selection of David Hess’s sculptures/facsimile guns currently on display in his exhibition. As attendees participate in the viewing and handling, special guests listed below will be present to facilitate small group discussions on many of the wide-ranging issues that arise around guns: who does or does not own them, who should or should not own them, whether or not to legislate them, safe ways to use them, ramifications of their use or misuse, and how issues of race, class, gender, and age are embedded in these questions.A reception at the CADVC will follow the event.SPECIAL GUESTS:Amy Berbert, UMBC Visual Arts alumna, creator of photo project “Remembering the Stains on the Sidewalk”Richard Chisolm, UMBC Visual Arts alumnus, creator of “Guns and Choices,” 15-min excerpt from in-progress feature film (excerpt on view at Gun Show)Dr. Firmin DeBrabander, MICA faculty in Humanistic Studies & author of Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed SocietyPaul Dillon, UMBC Deputy Chief of PoliceLiz Faust, MICA alumna, MFA Curatorial Practice thesis on David Hess’s Gun Show“Mama Rashida” Forman-Bey, program director, WombWork Productions, BaltimoreDavid Hess, artist, Gun Show“Mama Kay” Lawal-Muhammad, artistic director, WombWork Productions, BaltimoreDr. Sheri Parks, UMCP faculty in American Studies & frequent commentator on WYPROthers TBA