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Living and Dying in the Nuclear Age

Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb, Living and Dying in the Nuclear Age

Many artists in this exhibition view atomic energy as a killer. And for good reason. Radiation kills. And remains a killer for incredibly long periods of time. In spite of the dangers radiation poses to modern life, we also depend on radioactive minerals to prolong our lives. Truly harnessing the atom seems as improbable as returning to a pre-Atomic Age. In short, we can't live with atomic energy, nor can we live without it. Or can we?

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Homer Laughlin China, Uranium Red-Fiesta Ash Tray, 1936−38

Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Tom Joyce, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Trinity/Ashes series (Trinity/Ashes, Trinity/Ashes I, II, III), 2001

Will Wilson, Michael Apollo Gomez, 2016

Patrick Nagatani, Radiation Therapy Room, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1989

James Drake, Jaynelle Across the Sea, 2006