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Put a Cork In It [from the series Nuclear Waste(d)]

Put a Cork In It [from the series Nuclear Waste(d)]

Artist: Judy Chicago (American, born 1939)
Date: 1989
Medium: sprayed acrylic, oil and photography on photolinen with cork
Dimensions:
Support: 16 x 19 15/16 in. (40.6 x 50.6 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: 2011.11.5
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. Put a Cork in It speaks to the artist’s ambivalence about a mode of power that has the potential to contaminate the landscape and the nearby inhabitants. She conveys her opposition to nuclear power by painting corks in the tops of two of the pictured power plants.
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: 1992: Too Hot To Handle: Art & Nuclear Issues, Copeland Rutherford Gallery, Santa Fe