UNLOADED is a traveling exhibition which explores the historical and social impact of guns. The exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts features the work of more than 20 artists, including former ArtPrize juror and ArtPrize award finalist Mel Chin.

Today, UICA Exhibitions Curator Heather Duffy led an early tour of the exhibit while the last of the artwork was being installed. Duffy discussed each piece individually and spoke about how art can serve as a way to bring civil discussion to difficult topics, especially to those topics that can become more divisive in an election year.

The art displayed in UNLOADED addresses guns in a variety of mediums including photography, digital media, sculpture and paint on canvas.

Adrian Piper's Imagine pictures Trayvon Martin in a target and asks the viewer to imagine what it was like to be him.

Lauren Adams' Granny Smith Wesson from the Domestic Disturbance series is a small stool with hand painted acrylic on fabric that features guns and flowers. Other works include children or child-like objects. Ashton Kutcher is seen in another piece.

UNLOADED is sure to create a little controversy, but mostly it will create much-needed discussion.

UNLOADED opens on Thursday, March 31. The member preview begins at 6PM. The exhibition will open to the public at 7PM. Admission is free for members and $5 for the public.

UNLOADED will be open through May 15, then again July 5 - July 31.

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