“Shadows and Ashes” at PU’s Bernstein Gallery
ANTI-NUCLEAR RALLY: This archival photo by Gary Schoichet, taken at an Anti-Nuclear Rally in New York City on June 12, 1982, is featured in the exhibit “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” running November 6 through December 7 at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall. A discussion panel and reception will be held on Monday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m.
A multifaceted exhibition, “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” will open at Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall on November 6. A discussion panel and reception will be held on Monday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. Moderated by Princeton Professor Stanley N. Katz, the panel, “A Perpetual Menace: Nuclear Weapons Today, Tomorrow, Forever?” will be held in Arthur Lewis Auditorium (previously known as Dodds Auditorium).
The panel will feature Bruce Blair, a former U.S. nuclear missile launch control officer and winner of the MacArthur “Genius” Award for his work on nuclear arms control; Professor Sharon Weiner from American University, who held White House responsibility for nuclear weapon budgets during the Obama administration; and Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, who led the negotiations in 2017 of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons” art exhibition will be open to the public from November 6 until December 7. The exhibit, panel, and reception are free, open to the public and sponsored by Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
This rich exploration of the implications of nuclear weapons includes multiple components. 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 well as evocative kimonos of organdy and paper.
A substantial set of narrative and visual information is presented via unique video and wall displays by the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School. These displays provide up-to-date information on the risks from nuclear weapons and nuclear materials, the local and global long-term effects of the use of nuclear weapons, the U.S. nuclear weapons modernization plan and its expected costs, and the current effort to eliminate these weapons, including the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons agreed upon at the United Nations in 2017.
The Bernstein Gallery is located in Robertson Hall’s Bernstein Lobby, which memorializes Marver Bernstein, the School’s first dean, and his wife, Sheva. The gallery is free and open to the public.