The month of August, with all its images of vacation and hot lazy evenings at the Dairy Queen, also marks the anniversary of the only use in history of nuclear weapons. While there are many examples of the horrific in war, the Shirley-Jones Gallery has decided to use the nuclear detonations in 1945 over Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) as the impetus to dedicate each August in its exhibition schedule for a show that addresses issues surrounding the pursuit of Peace. This year, the August exhibition will be The Unforgettable Fire; Drawings by Survivors of Hiroshima.
The exhibition was assembled by the Peace Museum in Chicago, Illinois, the only institution of its kind in the United States. It was founded in 1974 by artist and peace activist Mark Rogovin in response to the persistence of the war in Viet Nam. Over the years, it has presented diverse programs and exhibitions concerning the pursuit of peace at domestic and community levels in addition to the international scale.
The Unforgettable Fire consists of images drawn from the memories of survivors of Hiroshima. These are uncomplicated, direct drawings by regular people who have recorded on paper images and text describing a part of what they witnessed. The show was curated by Mr. Rogovin from some 2000 works. The final selection was shown at the Peace Museum in 1982.
Asked what he wanted to accomplish with this exhibit, Rogovin said, "Most importantly that the viewer should not let this happen again." Later, high quality reproductions were made of 24 carefully chosen images. This body has been shown at a number of venues nationally and internationally and is what will be on view in August at the Shirley-Jones Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
The exhibition runs from August 6 through August 28. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm and by appointment. For further information call (937) 767-1711 .