Cincinnati Art Museum
4:20 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Shot at art will take milliseconds Monday


Something very unusual will happen at the Cincinnati Art Museum Monday. A sharpshooter will fire his gun past expensive and rare displays. What does the artist have to say about it and why is the museum allowing it?

Native Cincinnatian Todd Pavlisko turned New York artist is returning to do something he's never done before; using a sharpshooter to fire a bullet 90 yards into a brass cube, while he's taking pictures and recording video.

"At the Cincinnati Art Museum we're going to traverse art history very quickly. It will be 2,700 feet a second. You know, It'll be as far as I know until you turn the light on in the gallery. It will be the fastest anything has traversed art history."

Pavlisko's camera will record 100,000 images a second, as the .30 caliber bullet passes through the Schmidlapp Gallery and into the Great Hall.

"Let's take a walk. It's important to walk the journey here because this is where the bullet will be."

When Pavlisko proposed this museum director Aaron Betsky didn't blink, getting special permission from the City of Cincinnati and the insurance company.

"We have vetted this. We have figured this all out. this is a man who is extremely accurate and extremely accurate at much much higher distances."

Nobody will be allowed in the museum while the sharpshooter is firing his gun Monday.

The exhibition called "Crown" will be on display next May.