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Opening Reception: Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons

September 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Featuring works by:

  • drawings by the child survivors of Hiroshima
  • photographer Gary Schoichet
  • ceramic masks by multimedia artist Marion Held
  • information on Science and Global Security at Princeton University

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Read more in the Cornell Chronical:

The multi-site exhibition, “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” sponsored by PACS and an anonymous donor, will be held in two locations at Cornell University: The Big Red Barn and Durland Alternative 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 Cafe (details at

The installation will open at both locations on September 1, 2018, with an opening reception on September 6th at Durland Alternatives Library and on September 11, 2018 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 science information, it opens conversations on the practical and the philosophical implications of humans continued efforts to create and to dismantle nuclear weapons.

This rich 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 effective 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.

Photo credit: This archival photo by Gary Schoichet, taken at an Anti- Nuclear Rally in New York City on June 12, 1982.


September 6, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Durland Alternatives Library
127 Anabel Taylor Hall
Ithaca, 14850