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Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Lecture Series
Atomic Art around a Hot Bikini Cloud
Serge Guilbaut, Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
This lecture investigates a moment of history around 1946 when an atomic bomb explosion on the Bikini atoll shook and transformed world-wide politics and artistic representation leading up to the Cold War. Art works by Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ralston Crawford and Philip Evergood crystallized the hopes and fears of an era. The lecture also turns to a new generation of artists who desperately addressed the Atomic issue while others drank those popular Atomic cocktails.
Reception to follow.
Established by a gift from Dr. David A. and Mary Ann Cofrin, this lecture series presents talks by outstanding art historians, critics, curators and museum professionals.