The exhibit Nuke York, New York explores the historical and contemporary material around the idea and fear of a nuclear attack on NYC. Since Hiroshima the specter of a nuclear bomb going off in NYC has worried officials and wormed its way into popular culture.
The exhibit site explains it:
“Since the day of the bombing of Hiroshima, images of a nuclear attack on New York City have become ubiquitous. Nuke York, New York assembles a sample of historical and contemporary printed matter, radio and television programs, movies, computer games, blogs, and internet sites that depict the detonation of nuclear weapons in New York City, from 1945 to the present day. Expressing existential despair, patriotic fervor, technological fetishism, defrayed guilt, or apocalyptic voyeurism, depictions of a nuclear attack on New York City are as emblematic of the atomic age in the United States as is the mushroom cloud. Nuke York, New York encourages visitors to experience and interpret this recurring imagery from the Cold War and beyond.”
The exhibit runs through Sept. 16th at Cornell University NYC – John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome
The exhibit is curated by Mick Broderick, associate professor, School of Media, Communication, and Culture, Murdoch University, and Robert Jacobs, associate professor, Hiroshima City University. Sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University, and Murdoch University.
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