Brief-description: Exhibit tackles gun violence from the archives of the Burchfield Penney opens July 13 through Oct. 28.
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About: Over the past 10 years more than 424 people have been killed in the United States in mass shootings. In 2016 alone, 38,658 people were killed by guns. On average there are 13,000 homicides a year in the US. At least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century. The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State today announced gun violence will be the subject of Enough Killing!, a new installation opening Friday, July 13 as part of M&T Second Friday.
Co-curated by Don Metz and Scott Propeack, the exhibition will feature 12 representations that address the devastation of war and ever-increasing gun violence social crisis. Some of the artists include Robert Longo, Death Star (1993), a suspended sculpture comprised of 18,000 brass and copper bullets; Kathie Simonds, American Classic: Our Holy Wars, 1991; Joseph Orffeo (1926-2013), Iraq, 2003; and Paul Sharits (1943-1993), Infected Pistol, 1983. Enough Killing! will be on view thru Sunday, October 28, 2018.
“The exhibition is an assemblage of powerful messages within our archives speaking to the indignity of gun violence. Since we as humans seem unable to do much to harness or control our rage, it is important that we at least stop look, and admit the fact that we are responsible,” said Don Metz, associate director and head of public programs. “Gun violence is not only in our schools, but in neighborhoods, on our police forces, and part of our international relationship plan. Through the work of various artists, playful, beautiful and poignant, we stop look and think. “
“Killing each other is something that humans have done throughout our history. War and violence are often the ways that we learn and mark time,” said Scott Propeack, chief curator and associate director and chief curator. “Since we are always killing, it comes as no surprise that we have become good at it. So much so, that one person it seems can kill dozens and dozens.