TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF ARMAGEDDON
A traveling exhibition of Two Minutes to Midnight and the Architecture of Armageddon is currently booking and will travel to various venues throughout the United States from April 2021 through March 2026. The show is part of the roster of the ExhibitsUSA division of Mid-America Arts Alliance. For exhibition details, availability, or to book the show, please click here.
Through Two photographic essays, photographers Jeanine Michna-Bales and Adam Reynolds offer a calculated look at the “Architecture of Armageddon,” both the offensive and defensive implications of nuclear war. These quiet architecture spaces, devoid of people, allow viewers to come face to face with present nuclear realities while also offering a look into the collective psyche of the American people during the Cold War.
Reynolds’s project, No Lone Zone, documents the offensive side of the Cold War through nuclear missile silos in the United States. It provides a contemplated look at the nuts and bolts of Mutually Assured Destruction, the MAD logic behind nuclear deterrence. While Michna-Bales’s project, Fallout: A Look Back at the Height of the Cold War in America, circa 1960, delivers typological documentation of the defensive side through various shelters and propaganda across the United States, both private and public. These fallout shelters, endorsed through Civil Defense programs, in reality offered little more than a government sponsored placebo to the American people, convincing them that something tangible was being done in the event of a nuclear holocaust.
This exhibition is aimed to spark curiosity, and encourage discourse among audiences of all backgrounds as the works seek out places that are often hidden in plain sight.
Upcoming Venues and Dates:
Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum
Temple, TX, Apr. 6 - May 25, 2021 (pending)
Irving Museum and Archives
Irving, TX, Sept. 1, 2021 - Jan. 7, 2022 (pending)
Moses Lake Museum and Art Center
Moses Lake, WA, Jun. 16 - Aug. 11, 2022 (pending)
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Albuquerque, NM, Nov. 10, 2022 - Jan. 7, 2023 (pending)
Upcountry History Museum
Greenville, SC, Jun. 16 - Aug. 11, 2023 (pending)