Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 4:00p -
Arlington Center for the Arts
20 Acadmey Street
Arlington, MA 02476
Alcohol, Art, Food, Meetup
Join the Arlington Center for the Arts and artist Julie Brown Neu for an opening reception of her exhibition "Disarming: Memorial Quilts for Mass Shooting Victims." Three years ago, Julie began the Victims Quilt Project, which aims to memorialize victims of mass gun violence and bear witness to the shootings that have impacted and punctuated our society for almost 30 years. These beautifully crafted and thoughtfully constructed quilts carry an emotional and physical weight that asks visitors to remember those lost by mass shootings and consider the impact gun violence has on our society.
Starting with the shooting at Columbine High School, Julie made a quilt block with the name of each person who died in a mass shooting in which more than 10 people were massacred at once. To date, she has made 310 blocks, each representing an individual victim of mass gun violence, in 14 quilts for the shootings in Columbine High School, CO, Virginia Tech, VA, Binghamton, NY, Fort Hood, TX, Aurora, CO, Sandy Hook Elementary, CT, Washington, DC, San Bernardino, CA, Orlando, FL, Las Vegas, NV, Sutherland Springs, TX, Parkland, FL, Pittsburgh, PA, and Thousand Oaks, CA.
This exhibit includes all 14 memorial quilts, plus "Bullet Holes," in which 796 holes represent victims of mass shooting events large and small from 1990 to 2018, and "In Our Sights," which includes pages from The New York Times covering the shooting in Las Vegas in 2017. The visual volume that these quilts carry is representative of the degree to which mass gun violence has impacted our country in the last thirty years and the emotional toll these tragedies take on our society.
Disarming is on view and open to the public April 20 to June 10, 2019, Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and during evening public events. The public is invited to join the ACA and Julie Brown Neu for an opening reception on Saturday, April 27, 4:00-6:00pm. Refreshments will be provided. For more information about this exhibition and opening reception event please visit acarts.org.