This Is Not A Test: The Atomic Art of Doug Waterfield

Here's an opportunity to learn about our local history through art. Watch the video on the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum website for more information on what you can expect to see and learn (link below). Westword Magazine explains it like this:

"The Cold War is very often believed to be kind of a good war because it was never fought," explains Rocky Flats Cold War Museum executive director Conny Bogaard. "But the price that we paid for that time of building nuclear weapons on a mass scale is all the anxieties and the fear that is very much still in the back of people's minds."

Nebraska artist Doug Waterfield examines that state of post-World War II dread through oil paintings in This Is Not a Test: The Atomic Art of Doug Waterfield, which depicts happy scenes of families and bright cityscapes, all with mushroom clouds looming on the horizon. In the same vein as films such as Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Waterfield delves into the psyche of the Cold War using dark humor and pop-culture iconography, including a special piece about Colorado's own unsettling former nuclear-weapons production plant, Rocky Flats.

"In all these paintings, you see a tension between an outward happiness and peace, but in the background you see that constant threat of a nuclear war," says Bogaard. "I hope that this exhibit will raise a lot of questions and trigger some interesting conversations."

Admission to the museum is FREE! But I'm guessing they wouldn't say no to donations.

For more information, check out these links:

http://www.rockyflatscoldwarmuseum.org/index.html

http://www.voiceplaces.com/this-is-not-a-test-the-atomic-art-of-doug-waterfield-denver-boulder-2356072-e/

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  • Jeanne

    sorry i have to miss this one! next time.

    May 17, 2013

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