Thursday, March 8 2018 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm • Viaduct Gallery

Join us for an Artist Talk about the Viaduct Gallery’s current installation, “The answer comes when we consider what pressure is,” an installation in response to the recent and continued school shootings in the United States, by artist Jami Milne.


Nancy Gebhart and Jami Milne will discuss the role the gallery setting plays in providing safe spaces for dialogue and the role of the artist to create work as a form of response.

Jami Milne, artist behind the installation The Answer Comes When We Understand What Pressure Is.

Nancy Gebhart, Curator and Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning, Iowa State University Museums.


The answer comes when we consider what pressure is.
by Jami Milne

Exhibit Dates: March 5 – 18


One hundred and sixty-four people will never again see another birthday. There will never be another party, song or cake. Not another whisper of “Did you make a wish?” No more laughter. No more gifts. Not another birthday balloon purchased in their honor.

The collection of these 164 balloons represent 164 lives taken by school shootings.* Over the course of the installation, we’ll witness the anthropomorphic quality the balloons possess — the loss of helium akin to the loss of life.

We’ll navigate the presence of these balloons much like we’ll navigate this latest mass school shooting. We’ll cry. We’ll feel impacted. We’ll view this display in a state of disbelief and discomfort — an acknowledgment of both the existence and and the loss. But ultimately, we’ll watch them begin to lose life, and much like this country, choose to do nothing. Once they’ve fallen, they’ll be discarded and forgotten — making way for the next delivery of balloons; the next unnecessary school shooting.

*This installation begins with the deaths of 20 first graders and six adults from Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 and represents the additional 138 deaths accounted for in school shootings since then, as of February 28, 2018. The data used for the death totals comes from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that began tracking school shootings in 2014.

FREE // 7PM // Viaduct Gallery