The A-Bomb & the Arts

November 9, 2004
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From its initial, devastating impact to its still lingering social and political repercussions, the dropping of the atomic bomb was a watershed in modern history.  More than half a century after the mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki bloomed and dissipated, the themes of war and devastation, nationalism and revenge, forgiveness and alliance-building remain relevant, even urgent.  Featuring artists, curators and critics, this panel discussion examines the impact the atomic bomb has had on the arts.  Including Makoto Aida, whose painting A Picture of an Air Raid on New York City was one of the most talked about works in “The American Effect” exhibition at the Whitney Museum last year; multi-media artist Ingo Günther, known for his widely exhibited “World Processor” installation, which uses over 250 abstracted globes to represent the varied aspects of the global condition; Yuso Takezawa, Curatorial Director, Hiroshima Museum Contemporary Art; and Japanese film authority Linda Hoaglund

Prof. John Whittier Treat, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Yale University, and author of Writing Ground Zero: Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb

Followed by a reception.

Tickets: $10; Japan Society members & seniors, $8; students, $5.

Presented as part of Asian Contemporary Art Week in New York (November 8 – 13, 2004). Followed by a reception.

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2004
  • 6:30 pm