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Shadows and Ashes

Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons
Marion Held Ceramic Mask

Featuring works by: photographer Gary Schoichet; drawings by the child survivors of Hiroshima; ceramic masks by multimedia artist Marion Held; the poetry of John Canaday; and the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University

The traveling exhibition from Princeton University, “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” sponsored by the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and two anonymous donors, will be on view at two locations at Cornell University: The Big Red Barn and Durland Alternatives Library at Anabel Taylor Hall. It will be accompanied by "Nuclear Visions," a series of films at Cornell Cinema introduced by PACS faculty. Films will include Dr. Strangelove, The Bomb, and Atomic Café.

The installation will open at both locations on Sept 1, 2018, with an opening reception on September 6th (6:00-9:00 p.m.) at Durland Alternatives Library and on September 12, 2018 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) at the Big Red Barn. This exhibition of art and science examines the role of nuclear weapons in our society and reflects on their results. By combining artwork and scientific information, it opens conversations on the practical and the philosophical implications of humans’ continued efforts to create and to dismantle nuclear weapons.

This multi-faceted exploration of the implications of nuclear weapons includes photographs, drawings, masks, and technical information. Photographer Gary Schoichet provides portraits and reflective comments of Hiroshima survivors, as well as documentary photographs of the huge 1982 Anti-Nuclear Rally in New York, New York. All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., contributes Hiroshima Children’s Drawings in crayon from 1947 by young survivors. In commemoration of the human catastrophe in Japan, multimedia artist Marion Held has made ceramic masks as a response to her exploration of the site of the bombing at Hiroshima. Plan A, a video piece on nuclear weapon escalation, created by Alex Wellerstein, Tamara Patton, Moritz Kuett, and Alex Glaser, with sound by Jeff Snyder, can be accessed here

Picture credit:  Marion Held. “Shattered.” 7 x 5 x 3.5 inches. Clay with glaze. 2017.

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