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The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography has created a new exhibit entitled “American Epidemic: Guns in the United States.” This exhibit is receiving funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and is set to run in February 2022.

The exhibit will feature the works of 10 different artists who will “examine the role guns play in structural violence, poverty, systemic racism, and an increasingly militarized police force.”

From the Museum of Contemporary Photography: 

In American Epidemic: Guns in the United States, ten artists examine the role guns play in structural violence, poverty, systemic racism, and an increasingly militarized police force. Using the photographic medium, these artists provide a nuanced exploration of the way in which guns are yielded in this country, including the politicization of trauma, public mourning (and the rote political refrain of “thoughts and prayers” in response to gun violence), and a host of other issues laid bare by this uniquely American plight.

Featuring work by Carolyn Drake, Nancy Floyd, Stephen Foster, Andres Gonzalez, Félix González-Torres, Deborah Luster, Zora J Murff, Renée Stout, and Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi, American Epidemic not only explores the complex array of issues that arise with the increased presence of guns in American society, but advocates for an intersectional understanding of how gender, race, capitalism, and militarism affect the larger conversation around gun control in this country.

Museum curator Karen Irvine said that the museum has been actively working on this exhibit for over 3-years and that the museum has a “Social Justice-focused mission.” Irvine told the Chicago Reader that creating this exhibit now was extremely pressing because Covid-19 caused people to stock up on guns and ammo or as she put it “compiling arsenals.”

Op-ed writer for the Chicago Reader, Deanna Isaacs, who wrote the piece about the exhibit had left the exhibit with one question in mind “Why not just get rid of guns? Why not make them, like other destructive explosive devices, illegal?

This exhibit is just gun-grabber showmanship at its finest. From the very start, the exhibit is called the “American Epidemic: Guns in the United States,” this name carries the implication that gun ownership and firearms, in general, are bad things. The museum makes no effort to hide this implication either, this is a political exhibit that intends to argue in favor of tighter gun regulations and more gun control.

This exhibit was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, this means your tax dollars are paying for it. This is nothing new though, as the art scene is rife with liberal messaging that is tantamount to propaganda.

This is an anti-gun exhibit, in an anti-gun museum, in an anti-gun city, and it is all funded through an anti-gun organization that you help pay for.

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Keith Clark
Keith Clark
1 month ago

I thought all they funded was pictures of Christian Icons in urine?
Out Tax Dollars at work. Democrats are mental midgets.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

Seems the only ones who hate firearms are those who don’t have any. I’ve known a few who went to the range a few times and changed their minds. Most refuse any association with anyone or anything connected to them. They believe the CDC claim that guns are used for self defense two million times every year is a lie. They believe most armed crimes are committed by peaceable, lawful and private owners. Their assignment of blame is based on irrational conclusions. They fear all private owners including their neighbors, relatives and a few friends.

Boaz
13 days ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

And many times themselves, but not their body guards.!

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
13 days ago

The NEA’s needed to be shut down for decades. A prime example of wasteful spending and taxation without representation.

Boaz
13 days ago

No more money for the National Endowment for the Arts! The only epidemic in America today is the Communist administration robbing freedom of the people. Something that will be fought for and won, Sgain!

Stephen Weiss
13 days ago

Maybe they’ll show a whole bunch of photos of the gangbangers that Kim Foxx lets out without bail, so they can use the stolen guns to shoot people….oh wait, that would ruin the fiction, that it is just guns all by themselves that cause the problem in the GANG SANCTUARY City of Chicago,

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
13 days ago

Deanna Isaacs dreams of peace in our time, oblivious to competition in human nature. She asks, “Why not just get rid of guns? Why not make them, like other destructive explosive devices, illegal?” I wonder if she’d confer on her government the colossal power to make it happen. Would anyone want a government with that much power?

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