Taboo Subjects: Ashley Hlebinsky

Tuesday, November 10, 10:15 p.m.11:45 p.m.
SAIC Ballroom,
112 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
United States
Photo by Jerzy Rose

From Protector to Perpetrator: Demystifying Firearms

The design and manufacture of firearms stands as one of the great achievements of the Industrial Age. The process pioneered the "American System" of manufacture that standardized mechanical reproduction on a massive scale. Gun and ammunition design has its own logic and, when demystified, can inform other disciplines. Ashley Hlebinsky will discuss the ways in which firearms are stigmatized in culture and how those perceptions can lead to obfuscation of the distinction between firearms and firearms violence in history.

The Taboo Subjects series is organized by Ben Nicholson. Presented with Sullivan Galleries and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series is free and open to the public. AIA Learning Units available for most lectures and events.