Guns in America: A TIME and JR Project - Video Mural Installation April 1-18

Location: Quick Center for the Arts lobby

Over the span of three weeks the public is invited to engage with this incredible video mural installation in the Quick 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. "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 and the Quick Center for the Arts.

This installation is free and open to the general public. In addition, you are invited to join us for the following Curated Moments:

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.

Wednesday, April 10 at 12 p.m.: Brown bag lunch discussion moderated by #UNLOAD co-founder, Mary Himes, titled “How to talk to Gun Owners” featuring Po Murray, Chairwoman, Newtown Action Alliance; Kristin Song, who after the death of her son became an advocate for safe gun storage;  Melissa Kane, Selectwoman of Westport and Chair of the Board of CAGV; and a law enforcement official. 

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.

Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Art Café hosted by #UNLOAD co-founder, Helen During, and the Artists Collective of Westport, with a screening of the JR film, Faces Places (French: Visages Villages), a 2017 French documentary film directed by Agnès Varda and JR that was screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and won the L’Oeil D’or award. The film follows Varda and JR traveling around rural France, creating portraits of the people they come across. 

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.

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