The Central Square Branch's On the Wall Gallery

February 2016 - "Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered: Artwork and Poetry by Survivors"

Presented by Joseph Gerson and Elaine Scarry.

Throughout the month of February, the Central Square Library will host a display of photographs and paintings donated by Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A- & H- Bomb Sufferers’ Organizations. The photographs powerfully convey the devastation and human consequences of the first atomic bombings and people’s commitments to create a nuclear weapons-free world.

The paintings, created by A-bomb survivors, convey the nuclear Hell they witnessed and endured. In addition to the histories these unique resources document, they communicate the central message of the Hibakusha (A-Bomb witness/survivors) that “Human beings and nuclear weapons cannot coexist."

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, with nine nations possessing 11,000 nuclear weapons, the dangers of nuclear war persist. As former Secretary of Defense William Perry recently warned, with increased U.S.-Russian and Indian-Pakistani tensions, the dangers of nuclear war have actually increased. The history of nuclear weapons accidents, miscalculations and the possibility of non-state nuclear terrorist attacks add to the urgency of creating the nuclear weapons-free world envisioned by the Hibakusha, Presidents Kennedy and Obama, and many others.

A speakers series accompanies the exhibit (all events are at 7pm):

  • February 1 – Exhibit opens
  • February 4 – Screening of the film “Containment” by Peter Galison and Robb Moss
  • February 9 – Joseph Gerson: Hibakusha and their quest for a nuclear weapons-free world
  • February 16 – Ward Wilson: The Realist Case for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
  • February 18 – Hillary Chute: Graphic novels and the trauma of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
  • February 25 – Elaine Scarry: Democracy and Nuclear Weapons Cannot Co-Exist
  • February 29 – Exhibit closes

Remembering Hiroshima is a project of the American Friends Service Committee and Massachusetts Peace Action. It is designed as an educational resource for our community with the hope that it will also provide inspiration for each of us to do what we can to eliminate the dangers of nuclear holocaust.

Click here for a list of exhibit-related books and other resources.

Calling All Artists!

Looking for a place to exhibit your art? The "On the Wall Gallery" at the Central Square Branch Library affords artists, photographers, art associations, and civic groups an opportunity to show their work. The fact that it stimulates cultural awareness of the community and encourages greater use of the library’s collections and facilities is an added bonus!

Exhibits are generally planned on a monthly basis and are to be hung by the exhibitors using appropriate hardware provided by the library. Suitable works for hanging include 2-dimensional works: paintings, drawings, graphic work, photographs, tapestries, fabric art, needle arts, etc. The space is 10'x10'.

If you’re interested in showing your work, please come to the Central Square Library or call (617) 349-4444.

Download the Policy and Loan Agreement for Exhibitors

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