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“The Life Atomic” exhibition illustrates impact of atomic bomb

Woman in photo from atomic bomb era
The Life Atomic

The Freyberger Gallery will host The Life Atomic, which examines the impact of the atomic bomb on popular culture in the 1950s and 1960s. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Freyberger Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Intended as a vehicle for intergenerational discussion about the threats faced by Americans in the early atomic age—and the threats that face our nation today—the exhibition illustrates the impact of the atomic bomb on everyday life through photographs, film, and objects. From the classic film Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, to the re-creation of part of a family fallout shelter, this exhibition sheds light on the culture shortly after the United States first used the atomic bomb in warfare.

The Life Atomic was developed and is traveled by the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers, Arkansas. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Freyberger Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Marilyn Fox, Freyberger Gallery Director, at 610-396-6140 or via e-mail at MJF14@psu.edu.

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