In the lobby of Guild Hall in East Hampton, Eileen Boxer will exhibit a single work from her activist art project, “Report US,” for which she received the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award in 2016.
The large-volume hand-bound book with red end papers leaves residual red dye on the readers’ hands. Each volume contains excerpts from reports on gun violence that amount to over 1,000 incidents per week in the United States.
“Retrieving the massive raw data on gun violence accounts occurring daily in the US and editing the material into concise narratives, I developed a multifaceted art project that aims to engage viewers on a more personal level in ongoing debates about the gun-violence epidemic in this country,” Ms. Boxer said in a statement.
It will be on view as part of an event on Thursday, August 9, to raise awareness and funds for Moms Demand Action, a charitable wing of the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.
Starting in the Cheryl and Michael Minikes Garden at 6 p.m., attendees will hear from several speakers close to the cause, including student activists, local residents, former New York City District Attorney Jackie Hilly and Paul Guttenberg, whose niece was a victim of the shooting in Parkland, Florida.
At 8 p.m., the event moves into the John Drew Theater for live performances by local bands The Sectionals, Big Karma and Earthreal. During the concert, a voter registration booth will be set up in an effort to promote participation in the midterm elections.
Tickets range from $15 to $40, or $13 to $38 for members. All proceeds will benefit Moms Demand Action, and Nigel Noble will film the event as a documentary for future use and continued gun sense awareness. For more information, call (631) 324-4050 or visit guildhall.org.