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By | May 1, 2018

Ellen Sandor and (art)n created "It is Two Minutes to Midnight"Ellen Sandor and (art)n created "It is Two Minutes to Midnight"

Ellen Sandor and (art)n, Collage of Martyl’s paintings for Have a Nice Day II: VR Tour Through the Doomsday Clock, 2017-18. Textures from Martyl’s paintings, Mountain & Islands. Courtesy of Martyl.

Come join the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and its partners (art)n, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, the Terra Foundation of American Art, and Art Design Chicago, and take a virtual reality tour through the Doomsday Clock, where you will traverse a geopolitical landscape of nuclear risk, climate change and disruptive technologies starting in 1947 through today.

The exhibit “It is Two Minutes to Midnight” builds off a powerful virtual reality experience first revealed at the Bulletin’s annual dinner in November 2017 created by Ellen Sandor, Diana Torres, Azadeh Gholizadeh, and Chris Kemp. This new piece includes the creative contributions of Carolina Cruz-Neira, the inventor of the CAVE automatic virtual environment.

The exhibit will be open for eight days in May, and you can view it by contacting the Gallery. Or, join us for one of the two events listed below. RSVP so we know you’re coming. See you soon!


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

Opening reception and book signing
Weinberg/Newton Gallery
Friday, May 11th,
5 pm to 8 pm, RSVP required
The opening reception for It is two minutes to midnight. Works in the exhibition include PHSColograms and VR experiences made in honor of Martyl Langsdorf, the late designer of the Doomsday Clock, and include a new piece produced in collaboration with Carolina Cruz-Neira.

This event also features a book signing for New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts, Edited by Donna J. Cox, Ellen Sandor, and Janine Fron.

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

This event explores Martyl Langsdorf’s role as a Chicago artist, and the mid-century modern influences that helped her create the globally-recognized Doomsday Clock symbol. 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, and is presented part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration Chicago’s art and design legacy.

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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