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Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb

Albuquerque Museum presents an online exhibition. Artists’s responses to the first detonation of a nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Trinity explosion.

Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb

ONLINE EXHIBITION on view May 23, 2020 through May 23, 2021

Karsten Creightney, The Beginning

Karsten Creightney, The Beginning, 2011, collage, watercolor, acrylic, oil and wax on wood, 72 x 96 in., collection of Ken Sandoval


Naomi Bebo, Beaded Mask

Naomi Bebo, Beaded Mask, 2015, seed beads, deer hide, ermine and ribbons on Iraqi gas mask, lent by the Tweed Museum, photo by David Young-Wolff


Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb displays a collection of artists' responses to nuclear issues and the detonation of the first nuclear weapon at the Trinity Site near Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of the Trinity explosion and is on view at Albuquerque Museum May 23, 2020 through May 2021. 

Trinity presents a brief history of artistic, ecological, humanitarian, political, and popular culture responses. These works offer an aesthetic dimension to the scientific and historical exhibitions offered by other museums in New Mexico. In addition, the Museum will offer educational programming to expand the content of the exhibition. 

More than 50 artists will be represented, including Emil Bisttram, Karsten Creightney, Elaine DeKooning, Leigh Anne Langwell Jack Garver, Raymond Jonson, Bea Mandelman, Enrique Montenegro, Patrick Nagatani, Bruce Nauman, Anne Noggle, Horace Towner Pierce, Tony Price, Meridel Rubenstein, and Hideo Sakata.

Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb is curated by Joseph Traugott. Traugott retired as curator of twentieth-century art from the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. His publications include New Mexico Art: How the West Is One, New Mexico Art through Time: Prehistory to the Present, and Visualizing Albuquerque: Art of Central New Mexico. 

This exhibition was organized by the Albuquerque Museum, a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque. Curated by guest curator Joseph Traugott. Special thanks to the City of Albuquerque's Department of Technology & Innovation.