Dwyane Wade’s Art Show Tribute to the ‘Parkland 17’ Shooting Victims Comes to New York
"Parkland 17" opens at the Standard High Line Hotel in Chelsea this weekend.
When Dwyane Wade found out that one of the student victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting was a buried in his No. 3 Miami Heat jersey, he felt compelled to respond. So the NBA star organized an exhibition in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District as a tribute to all 17 victimes of the deadly shooting. Now, the show will travel 1,300 miles north to open at the Standard Hotel’s High Line location in New York this weekend.
With Wade’s support, artist Evan Pestaina and curator Calyann Barnett put together a poignant exhibition titled “Parkland 17.” The show features a number of installations that commemorate the victims, including 14 empty school desks with the names and ages of each student who died, two desks representing the teachers who also lost their lives, and a grass covered area with the lines of a football field in honor of the school’s fallen assistant coach. The show also includes a phone booth with a direct line to the area’s elected officials so visitors can call their representatives to talk about gun control.
In an email to artnet News, Barnett explained that the Standard offered to host the exhibition at its Manhattan hotel when she contacted the hotel to ask for a favor.
“I initially called the Standard Location on Miami Beach to get information on how to create our own phone booths for our Call to Action Center,” she explained. “Their ‘Ring Your Rep’ phones [from the Standard Spa, Miami Beach] made it easy for people to express their position on gun control to their Congress people… and the Standard High Line offered their Hotel and phones to make it possible. The whole process has been organic because our goals are in line; make America safer for our children.”
The idea to take the show to New York developed from that initial conversation, according to the Standard’s vice president of marketing Corey Tuttle. “It only felt right to bring ‘Parkland 17’ to our space in New York during this crucial time, and on such an important weekend, as students and civilians across the nation are taking to the streets to implement change and contribute to the national conversation surrounding gun control,” he said.
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