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Grants, New Mexico [from the series Nuclear Waste(d)]

Grants, New Mexico [from the series Nuclear Waste(d)]

Artist: Judy Chicago (American, born 1939)
Date: 1989
Medium: sprayed acrylic, oil and photography on photolinen
Dimensions:
Support: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Frame: 21 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 1 11/16 in. (54.6 x 64.8 x 4.3 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman, 2011
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2011.11.3
Description
In the Nuclear Waste(d) series, Judy Chicago addresses the negative consequences of the nuclear industry in New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. These are collaborative works that employ photographs by Donald Woodman of various nuclear-related sites throughout the state, that were then painted on by Judy Chicago. Among the sites the series addresses are the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was detonated; Grants, where much of the uranium was mined for the bombs, causing great health and environmental problems for the Native Americans upon whose lands the mines are located; and WIPP, the waste site in southern New Mexico. Grants, New Mexico references the contamination of the landscape by uranium mining, largely on Native American lands in New Mexico. The green pile pictured is a tailings pile that remains radioactive and that has made the land uninhabitable. The Native American miner pictured holds his lung, which is visible on the exterior of the body, referring to the high occurrence of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses that resulted from poor working conditions in mines.
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: 1992: Too Hot To Handle: Art & Nuclear Issues, Copeland Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe