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Palas Por Pisotlas by Pedro Reyes 

Fordham University
Ildiko Butler Gallery
Lowenstein Lobby
113 W 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

March 14 - April 4, 2014
Opening reception: March 25, 6 - 8 pm

with a performance of original choreography by students of The Ailey School.

An art exhibition organized by students of Fordham University, with Jo Anna Isaak and Gregory Waldrop, S.J., and generously supported by Fordham University Art Collections and a grant from the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

April 22, 2:30pm  |  April 23, 12:30pm (see below for details)
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY ART COLLECTIONS is proud to sponsor PALAS POR PISTOLAS/SHOVELS FOR GUNS, a thought-provoking exhibition by acclaimed Mexican artist Pedro Reyes. It responds creatively to two of the most emotional and contentious issues of our day: gun violence and environmental degradation. Resonating with the Biblical image of swords beaten into ploughshares, Palas por Pistolas recycles firearms into shovels to plant trees. Conceptually innovative, Reyes proposes a new category: "art ad usum," that is, art useful to humans and their environments. Student-organized under the direction of Fordham professor Jo Anna Isaak, Ph.D., the John L. Marion Chair in Art History, and Gregory Waldrop, S.J., executive director of Fordham University Art Collections, the exhibition furthers Reyes’ aim to effect "psychological and social transformation" through art, a goal consonant with the University’s commitment to social justice, in the Jesuit tradition. At the conclusion of the show’s run, students, along with community partners and gun-violence survivors will take part in planting ceremonies around the city.


April 22, 2:30 pm, entrance to McMahon Hall (155 W60, btw Columbus and Amsterdam).
April 23, 12:30 pm, Amsterdam Houses, near Amsterdam and W63.
Guests welcome. Please RSVP to or 718-817-0633.

Guns: Violence, Policy, and the Second Amendment

Fordham Law School - Room 205
March 26, 2014 | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

A panel/conversation about gun control and the Second Amendment, organized by the Fordham School of Law's Stein Scholar Program for Public Interest and held in conjunction with the temporary art exhibition Palas por Pistolas/Shovels for Guns.

Speakers include:
Gregory Waldrop, S.J., Executive Director, University Art Collections, Fordham University
Saul Cornell, Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History, Fordham University
Elizabeth Avore, Senior Counsel, Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director, New Yorkers Against Gun-Violence

DONATE. Please help us support Palas Por Pistolas and extend its impact in New York City!

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To donate by mail, make checks payable to: Fordham University; write in “University Art Collections” in the memo field and mail to: Fordham University, 888 7th Ave, FL 7, New York, NY 10102-2138.

Many thanks for your generosity.

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