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High Praise for Herndon Gallery Exhibition

December 4, 2018

The exhibition Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives—currently showing at the Herndon Gallery—is featured in the November 2018 issue of AEQAI, a Cincinnati-based e-journal for critical thinking, review and reflective prose on contemporary visual art. AEQAI has a readership of more than 50,000 and is extremely well-respected in the art world.

AEQAI Editor Daniel Brown writes, “...Nuclear Fallout at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College leads our issue this month.  This show is an absolute model of how art can bring the most serious issues to our attention aesthetically, and may be considered part of contemporary art's investigations into the larger issues of Social Justice...”

“Antioch College's arts practice differentiates itself from other arts programs in its direct discourse with the world,” says Jennifer Wenker, creative director of the Herndon Gallery. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to AEQAI's editor, Daniel Brown for recognition of the powerful impact of both this exhibition and for the work we do at Antioch College and the Herndon Gallery, and to artist/writer/reviewer, Susan Byrnes for her astute, sensitive and exquisitely considered writing in this critical review.”

Photo by Dennie Eagleson '71
Migiwa Orimo's 'Proofs of Burden,' 2018, installation for Nuclear Fallout. Photo by Dennie Eagleson '71.

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Charles Fairbanks (former Antioch College assistant professor of media arts), exhibition partners Tanya Maus (director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College), and with artist and exhibition co-anchor, Migiwa Orimo. A series of deeply respectful curricular and public educational programming have accompanied the exhibit. Nuclear Fallout is part of Open Archive, the 2018 FotoFocus Biennial.

The show closes on December 7, 2018, with a a closing event, "When We Say 'Pearl Harbor'" from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College. In this critical reflection, Dr. Tanya Maus, Director, Peace Resource Center/Quaker Heritage Center, Wilmington College, historian of modern Japan, responds to Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor and poet, Sadako Kurihara, who confronted Japanese wartime atrocities in her 1976 poem, “When We Say Hiroshima”.  In her reflection Dr. Maus will ask us to consider how Pearl Harbor is remembered historically in the United States and explore the flawed historical linkages between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  As Susan Southard, author of Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, stated of Pearl Harbor and the atomic bombings in an NHK Japan documentary in August 2018, “There can be multiple truths that co-exist… . and they don’t have to cancel each other out as justification.”

Read the review of Nuclear Fallout in AEQAI.

Installation view of Sungazing, Kei Ito. Photo by Dennie Eagleson '71

About the Herndon Gallery

The Herndon Gallery is the center of contemporary visual arts programing at Antioch College, and an expression of our commitment to—and belief in the importance of—the practice of Creativity and Story. By creating and hosting dynamic exhibitions that awaken curiosity and visual engagement with our world, The Herndon Gallery is a both a regional arts destination and an integral curricular asset at Antioch College, with exhibitions and arts programming that are highly-collaborative, interdisciplinary, and fully engaged with important contemporary global issues and ideas.