Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons on Display
Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons on Display

Children’s artwork from Hiroshima 1945 (on loan from the collection at All Souls UU in D.C.) is featured in the exhibition “Shadows and Ashes: The Peril of Nuclear Weapons,” on view at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center -- located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland -- from April 15 through May 31, 2019. The show (which also includes ceramic masks, poetry, and informational graphics) will be accompanied by various events, including films, lectures, and discussion. 

The installation (with a reception on April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.) features works by photographer Gary Schoichet; drawings by the child survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima; ceramic masks by multimedia artist Marion Held; poetry of John Canaday; and graphics from the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University.

This exhibition of art and science examines the role of nuclear weapons in our society and reflects on their results. It opens conversations on the practical and the philosophical implications of humans’ continued efforts to create, control, and dismantle nuclear weapons.

The show is sponsored by Montgomery College’s Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement; Peace Action Montgomery; and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland. Recent venues include Princeton and Cornell Universities.


 This multi-faceted exploration of the implications of nuclear weapons includes photographs, drawings, masks, poetry, 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 Church in Washington, D.C., contributes Hiroshima Children’s Drawings in crayon from 1947 by young survivors.
  • Multimedia artist Marion Held has made ceramic masks as a response to her exploration of the site of the bombing at Hiroshima. 
  • Critically acclaimed author and educator John Canaday contributes poetry.
  • The Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University offers technical information.

UUA endorses the "Back from the Brink Campaign" to reduce the threat of nuclear holocaust in our time.  

Visit Peace Action Montgomery for an ongoing list of related events.

Visit MC Cultural Arts Center for exhibit hours and parking.

Street address: Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910

For more information, contact: Dr. Vincent Intondi, Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement, Montgomery College, 240-567-1330, vincent [dot] intondi [at] montgomerycollege [dot] edu

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