Event: The Art and Design of the Doomsday Clock

By Private: Janice Sinclaire | May 14, 2018

Martyl Langsdorf and her daughter, Suzanne.

Join the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and our partners (art)n, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, and the Terra Foundation of American Art for “The Art and Design of the Doomsday Clock,” an event exploring Martyl Langsdorf’s role as a Chicago artist and the mid-century modern influences that helped her create the globally-recognized Doomsday Clock. This event is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration Chicago’s art and design legacy.

The discussion features design historian Michael J. Golec, Department Chair and Design History Coordinator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and art historian Maggie Taft, co-editor of the forthcoming book Art in Chicago: A History From the Fire to Now.

As part of the event, you will have the opportunity to explore “It is two minutes to midnight,” a virtual reality tour through the Doomsday Clock that enables you to “take a walk” through a geopolitical landscape of nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies that spans seven decades. The exhibit builds off a powerful virtual reality experience created by Ellen Sandor, Diana Torres, Azadeh Gholizadeh, and Chris Kemp that was first revealed at the Bulletin’s annual dinner in November 2017. A newly added piece includes the creative contributions of Carolina Cruz-Neira, the inventor of the CAVE automatic virtual environment.


The Art and Design of the Doomsday Clock
Weinberg/Newton Gallery
Tuesday, May 15th
Reception: 5 pm to 6 pm;
Program: 6 pm to 8 pm, RSVP required.

It is two minutes to midnight
Weinberg/Newton Gallery
300 W Superior Street, Suite 203,
Chicago, IL 60654
May 11-May 19th
Public hours: 10 am to 5 pm

Please note: A handicapped-accessible entrance is located around the corner from Weinberg/Newton’s main entrance at 730 N. Franklin Street. This door requires a key to be opened; visitors can either page the gallery via the building directory board or call 312-529-5090 upon arrival, and a staff member will meet them there to escort them up to the gallery on the second floor.

The exhibition It is two minutes to midnight is supported by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, (art)n, and Weinberg/Newton Gallery. The program “The Art and Design of the Doomsday Clock” is supported by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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