DEADLOCKED AND LOADED: Disarming America

February 11, 2021 to April 18, 2021

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:

Curated by Karen Gutfreund.


What does America value? Life or Liberty? A 2019 Gallup Poll cited 64% of Americans wanting stricter guns laws. Now in 2020, only 42% feel that way. In fact, a poll taken in October 2020 by Rasmussen Reports shows that 22% of gun-owning households have purchased additional weapons since protesters have taken to the streets…thinking it will make them safer.

Deadlocked and Loaded: Disarming America is a “locked and loaded” conversation through art, showcasing art in all media that addresses the culture of violence, systemic racism, police brutality and gun issues in the United States—particularly in how it affects women and children and the lasting impacts.

From a feminist perspective with work from self-identified female artists, how do we tackle the role gender plays in gun violence and the gun control debate in a time of pervasive toxic masculinity and the erosion of women’s rights? The works speak to issues that include gender, race, mental health, political affiliations, philosophical stances, remembrance and memorials, and access to and use of firearms in regard to the 2nd Amendment.

Deadlocked and Loaded does not seek to provoke controversy with “shock art”, but rather to serve as a conduit to create a space where constructive conversation and healing is possible.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Community Folk Art Center and Point of Contact gallery in Syracuse.

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

Karen Gutfreund is a curator focusing on feminist and social justice themed art and is also a practicing artist. She has worked in the Painting & Sculpture Department for MoMA, the Andre Emmerick Gallery, The Knoll Group, the John Berggruen Gallery and the Pacific Art League as well as an art consultant for corporations and individuals. She is partner in Gutfreund Cornett Art, a curatorial partnership that specializes in creating exhibitions in venues around the U.S. ​on themes of “art as activism” to stimulate dialog, ​raise consciousness ​and encourage social change. Karen has been actively involved on the board of various arts organizations, is a member of ArtTable and the No. California TFAP Representative (The Feminist Art Project). 

EXHIBIT SPONSORS:
Mary Bronner, Mary Czelusnick, Dee DeRosa, Margrit Diehl,
Marianna Kaufman, Carole Resnick,
M. Russel & F. Marion Lee,
Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, and Mary Ann Zeppetello

SEASON SPONSORS:
Bruce & Kathy Coville, Annemarie Deegan, Chris Flynn, Julia Ganson, GEGENSATZ PRESS, Ruth Heller-1199SEIU, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Kim & Steve Linkenhoker, Jeremy McKay, Diane Murphy, Lleni Pach,
George Savage, Laurie Gilmore Selleck, Jeff Unaitis, Peter Waack, Shailia Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff

SPECIAL BENEFACTORS:
Bousqet Holstein, PLLC, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Anonymous, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Caroline Cargo, Therese A. Deegan, Edgewood Gallery, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Ann Jamison, Lauren & Walter Melnikow, Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Shirley & Larry Novak, Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Vince Sgambati, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, and Susie Weiss

COVID-19 SPECIAL BENEFACTORS:
City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, CNY Arts COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund, Humanities NY, The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York in partnership with Cooperative Federal, Therese A. Deegan, Mike Greenlar & Linda Bogart-Greenlar, Ruth Heller -1199SEIU, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Robin Kasowitz- Art to Heart Project, Karen Kerney, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Jeremy McKay, Ellen Schwartz, and Sarah Stuart-Mcllvain

SUSTAINING SPONSORS:
Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith