Violence Transformed Reflects on Mass Shootings in America

In the wake of unspeakable tragedies in Gilroy, CA, El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH—the latest manifestations of the hundreds of mass shootings preceding them—Violence Transformed presents a sampling of work featured in past Violence Transformed exhibitions that speaks to this cycle of violence. With a chief focus on confronting the pervasive nature of gun violence in America as well as hope for a better future, artists shown here include Bob McMackin who created a moving video tribute to the 2018 March for Our LivesBeverly Rippel who was featured in the 2018 exhibition Guns and Gun Violence: Too Many, Too Close at Cambridge College; Gail Bos who uses chairs to evoke the absence and memory of victims lost to gun violence; Hope Ricciardi whose painting "Emma's Words" was inspired by the poem written by Emma Lazarus and inscribed on the Statue of Liberty (declaring America as a place where immigrants are embraced—not targeted); and Rachel Asarnow, whose papercut art embodies the vitality of life, and the nature of memory.