The Rymer Gallery is pleased to present DISARMED, a pathbreaking exhibition that uses art to explore the tensions surrounding guns, gun violence, and gun politics in U.S. society. Visual art is the perfect medium with which to spark respectful debate about the complex tensions and opinions surrounding firearms in ways that can bring people together across political divides. Key events over the duration of the exhibition will address gun violence and policy from the artist’s lens, and create open dialogue within this framework. These events will bring together artists, scholars, activists, community leaders, and students from the Nashville community. DISARMED represents a unique partnership between The Rymer Gallery, Vanderbilt’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) and the Safe Tennessee Project.
A series of in-gallery events for the Nashville community will explore such vital questions as: How can the creative community be involved and have a vast impact on matters of gun violence? In what ways does art highlight ways that firearms serve as powerful visual symbols shaped by history, politics, geography, economy, media, and culture? And, how might art illuminate new opportunities for common ground about the best ways to achieve safety for people, families, and communities?
DISARMED is a group exhibition featuring local and national artists, including Alex Lockwood, Herb Williams, Sam Dunson, Diedrick Kraajeveld, Natalie Baxter, Dan Crumine, Susanne Slavick and Michael Murphy. DISARMED is on view until March 23, and is free and open to the public. Opening January 30 with a private reception, with a gallery talk by Dr. Jonathan Metzl, Director of MHS and national expert on gun violence prevention. Continuing over a six week period, several events, panels and workshops will be hosted at The Rymer Gallery, including a reception and panel about Dr. Jonathan Metzl’s latest book, “Dying of Whiteness”, on March 12. For more information about upcoming events, please visit www.therymergallery.com.
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T H E R Y M E R G A L L E R Y
233 FIFTH AVENUE NORTH
NASHVILLE, TN 37219