Kent State Metals Exhibit Commemorates May 4, 1970 Shootings

Fri 1/24 @ 5-7PM

This spring, Kent State University will be marking the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shooting when the world was shocked by the slaughter of four students by the National Guard during an anti-war protest. Eleven days later, two more students were shot by police at Jackson State University in Mississippi, stoking division and rage even more.

Throughout the school year, KSU is holding various types of events, including art exhibits, reflecting on the evenings of 1970. One of those is Constructed Answer, which opens this week at KSU’s Center for the Visual Arts Gallery.

The contemporary metals show features metal sculpture and wearable and enamel pieces by a group of nationally known artists, responding to a commemorative medallion for the four students killed at KSU, created Philadelphia College of Art students in 1970. It looks at subjects such as war, school shootings, mourning, meditation, rituals and human perseverance.

It opens with a free public reception Fri 1/24 @ 5-7pm. It will be on view through Sat 2/28.

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