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LECTURE: Operation Crossroads


Operation Crossroads: Artistic Responses to the Nuclear Age 

Dr Jody Patterson (Plymouth University)

PLEASE NOTE: This event replaces the 'Stipendiaries against pagans' lecture

Following the unleashing of the atom bomb at the end of the Second World War artists responded to the dawn of the Nuclear Age in a variety of ways. While some artists endeavoured to picture the atomic blast and its cataclysmic effects, others felt that literal transcription was no longer adequate and chose instead to evoke the bomb’s destruction and devastation through the use of an abstract visual vocabulary.

This lecture will explore a range of artistic engagements with the bomb in the years immediately following the first detonations in 1945. In particular it will examine the work of American painter Ralston Crawford, who was commissioned by Fortune magazine to record his impressions of ‘Operation Crossroad,’ the US government’s highly controversial nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific in the summer of 1946.

Date:Tuesday 12 February
Venue:Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building
Tickets:£6, concessions £4 

EnquiriesPeninsula Arts Box Office 

01752 58 50 50

Operation Crossroads

Ralston Crawford, Test Able, 1946