In the fall of 2017, The Canary Lab and Yutaka Sho produced That Day Now, a program that examined the current relevance of the 1945 atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. These attacks were arguably the beginning of the Anthropocene and inarguably represent a landmark in humankind’s relationship to technology. A series of public events and exhibitions were organized around a special visit by Ms. Keiko Ogura, a public speaker and survivor of the Hiroshima attack. Ms. Ogura was eight years old when the bomb fell, and she has since become the official A-bomb storyteller for the city of Hiroshima and tireless advocate for peace and nuclear nonproliferation. These events took place with the collaboration and sponsorship of a great many departments and colleges within Syracuse University and of the Everson Museum of Art.
The program include a rolling exhibition at Everson Museum of Art; an exhibition at the School of Architecture that involved recorded one-on-one interviews with Ms. Ogura in a setting designed by Yutaka Sho; a semester-long studio course and student exhibition; a panel discussion on art and architecture of difficult memories; interdisciplinary symposium on the effects of atomic bombs on post-war Japanese culture; multiple appearances by Ms. Ogura, among other elements.
That Day Now (2017)
That Day Now
That Day Now (Vimeo)
Special Guests and Lecturers:
Keiko Ogura, Annette Behrens, Linda Zhang
Everson Museum Artists (Phase 1):
Yutaka Sho and Sayler/Morris
Everson Museum Artists (Phases 2 and 3):
Dante Baldassin, Ohemaa Dixon, Antone Dolezal, Megan King, Joseph Delaunay, Ruting Li, Mitchell Reynolds, Teona Yamanidze, Katherine McGarry, Charles Zhaoqi Qiu, Selma Selman, Geraldine Vargas, Philip Claghorn, Chih-An Liu, Doria Miller, Jamie Pershing, Alex Chen Yuanyue, Taylor Clock, Spencer Gafa, Joshua Intorcio, Dora Lo
Slocum Hall Exhibition Design:
Sponsors and Partners:
Japan Foundation; the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; the Hiroshima Fukuyama Technical High School; the Hiroshima Motomachi High School; the Everson Museum of Art; Clear Path for Veterans; the Syracuse City School District; Rockefeller Family and Associates; Barclay Damon, Gabriel Nugent, and the Office of University Counsel. Contributing schools, colleges and organizations at Syracuse University included: the School of Architecture; The Canary Lab at the College of Visual and Performing Arts; the East Asia Program at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Syracuse University Galleries; the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; the Institute for Veterans and Military Families; the School of Education; the Humanities Center; Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at the College of Arts and Sciences; Syracuse University Study Abroad; the Center for Human Policy; the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; Bird Library at Syracuse University; and the Disability Cultural Center.