All Souls Church Unitarian of Washington, DC Presents Hiroshima Children’s Drawings Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center

By Editorial Team on May 6, 2019
Courtey of Melvin Hardy.
Currently on view through May 31, 2019.

After a highly regarded exhibition of the Hiroshima Children’s Drawings (HCD) at The Katzen Center in 2015, this show was organized by Princeton University in 2017, where the All Souls Church Hiroshima Children’s Drawings were a centerpiece of the exhibition.  Then they were featured at Cornell University in 2018.  Now they are “back home” where the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, and all connected to the All Souls Church Family can participate in the events, discussions, and film screenings associated with this program at Montgomery College’s Institute for Race, Justice and Civic Engagement.

Featuring works by: photographer Gary Schoichet; the Hiroshima Children’s Drawings by then children survivors of Hiroshima; ceramic masks by multimedia artist Marion Held; the poetry of John Canaday; and the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University.

The traveling exhibition from Princeton University, “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” sponsored by Montgomery College’s Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement, Peace Action Montgomery, and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland will be on view at the venue:  Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. Throughout the run of show, through May 31st, the exhibition will be accompanied by various events, including films, lectures, and discussion.

The installation will run through May 31, 2019, with a lecture presentation by Dr. Intondi on May 10, 7 – 9 PM at the Cultural Arts Center.  Dr. Intondi is an expert on nuclear policy matters and an activist of the first order engaging civic participation in social justice issues. This exhibition of art and science examines the role of nuclear weapons in our society and reflects on their results.  His towering scholarship is presented in his book “African Americans Against The Bomb”, and his presentation is not to be missed.   By combining artwork and scientific information, it opens conversations on the practical and the philosophical implications of humans’ continued efforts to create and to dismantle nuclear weapons.  Further, discussions will engage all of us in thinking about our own personal agency in activism in the interest of our progeny, our environment, our economy, and our society.

This multi-faceted exploration of the implications of nuclear weapons includes photographs, drawings, masks, and technical information. Photographer Gary Schoichet provides portraits and reflective comments of Hiroshima survivors, as well as documentary photographs of the historic 1982 Anti-Nuclear Rally in New York City. All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., contributes the now world-famous Hiroshima Children’s Drawings (HCD) in crayon, pencil, and water colors from 1947 painted and drawn by young survivors of the atrocities wrought on them during that terrible war. An award-winning documentary film “Pictures From A Hiroshima Schoolyard” will be shown, along with other films.  In commemoration of the human catastrophe in Japan, multimedia artist Marion Held presents visual language in ceramic masks as a response to her exploration of the site of the bombing at Hiroshima.

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