8 November 2013

Art and nuclear culture

Kerry Brougher

Brougher is interim director and chief curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. He was director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, and curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art,...


The author traces the rise of twentieth-century "nuclear culture," citing examples from Japan’s Godzilla movies to jazz songs. He notes that artists reacted in both positive and negative fashion to the promise of new technology, and that the public’s fear of radiation and death has paralleled its fascination with disaster.