Herndon Gallery Exhibitions


The Herndon Gallery is the center of contemporary visual arts programing at Antioch College. By creating and hosting dynamic exhibitions that awaken curiosity and visual engagement with our world, The Herndon Gallery is a both a regional arts destination and an integral curricular asset at Antioch College, with exhibitions and arts programming that are highly-collaborative, interdisciplinary, and fully engaged with important contemporary global issues and ideas.

Programming is organized to facilitate dialogue and to foster connections between current world issues and contemporary art, locally, regionally, and globally through innovatively curated exhibitions, our Artists-in-Residence program, and Arts at Antioch curatorial and programming projects.

Antioch College students have the opportunity to engage in direct experiential learning through the Herndon Gallery Student Assistantship program, where they are directly involved in arts programming, curatorial work, and through directed research for each exhibition as gallery docents. As docents, students make contemporary art relevant and accessible to the public by helping visitors to navigate contemporary art. The Assistantship program offers students paid hands-on collaborative experience in the gallery setting, giving Antioch students the competitive edge when applying for prestigious arts co-ops, and broad-based contemporary arts management skills upon graduation.


Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives

A FOTOFOCUS 2018 Biennial exhibition on view through December 7, 2018 with opening Events Sept 20-21, 2018

In this deeply divided era, as world powers brazenly threaten to unleash their nuclear arsenals, Antioch College’s Herndon Gallery responds with a deeply-affecting collaborative exhibition project: Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives. The exhibition draws on and responds to three vastly different historic archives that deal with the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, in order to refresh our collective memory about the effects and aftermath of nuclear war.

September 20, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College

Opening reception for Nuclear Fallout, which features the powerful conceptual works of two renowned Japanese-American interdisciplinary artists, Kei Ito and Migiwa Orimo, who co-anchor the exhibition. Additionally, a collaborative archival research project by six Antioch College students and their professor, Charles Fairbanks, will be on exhibit, upstairs in the balcony gallery.

September 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m. in the Foundry Theater at Antioch College

Internationally-renowned composer and award-winning musician, Keiko Fujiie, performs NAGASAKI – Wilderness Mute on piano with choral voices, Butoh dance and projected archival images. This phenomenal work, based on the poetic text of Hayashi Kyoko and drawing from the firsthand accounts of victims of the bombing, premiered in Seattle and Barcelona, earlier this year. Outside of its premiere, this will be the only performance of the work in the United States.

December 7, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College

Closing event for Nuclear Fallout: When we Say “Pearl Harbor.” In this critical reflection, Dr. Tanya Maus, Director, Peace Resource Center/Quaker Heritage Center, Wilmington College, historian of modern Japan, responds to Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor and poet, Sadako Kurihara, who confronted Japanese wartime atrocities in her 1976 poem, “When We Say Hiroshima”.  In her reflection Dr. Maus will ask us to consider how Pearl Harbor is remembered historically in the United States and explore the flawed historical linkages between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  As Susan Southard, author of Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, stated of Pearl Harbor and the atomic bombings in an NHK Japan documentary in August 2018, “There can be multiple truths that co-exist… . and they don’t have to cancel each other out as justification.”

Events are free and open to the public.

Nuclear Fallout is a participating venue of the FotoFocus 2018 Biennial: Open Archive. The FotoFocus Biennial 2018 will include Nuclear Fallout in its October 18th bus tour of participating Dayton biennial venues.

In response to the biennial theme: Open Archive, the artist-collaborators re-examine archival photographs, 16mm films, historical slides, documents, objects, and first-hand accounts of victims and survivors from three ideologically distant archives: the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Collection of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, and declassified documents from the U.S. National Archives. The third archive to inspire Nuclear Fallout is the National Museum of the United States Air Force, which features the B-29 bomber that dropped the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan–just 13 miles away from the Herndon Gallery.

“In this project, we are critically considering the way war is curated and remembered in our national museums, our archives and in our cultural telling,” explains Jennifer Wenker, curator and creative director of the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College. “It is critical to be constantly asking ‘who created the narrative’ and ‘whose stories are missing’…”

Nuclear Fallout is organized by Jennifer Wenker, Curator and Creative Director of the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College; Tanya Maus (Ph.D., Japanese History), Director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College; Migiwa Orimo, four-time recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award; Kei Ito, nationally-awarded emerging contemporary photographer and multimedia artist; and Charles Fairbanks, Guggenheim fellow, documentary filmmaker and former Assistant Professor of Media Art at Antioch College; and the students critically-engaged in collaboration with the named academic mentors.

Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2018 exhibition was provided by FotoFocus, The Janet Wheeler Fund for the Arts at Antioch College and by the Lloyd Family Fund for Peace Studies and World Law.


M – F 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. + Saturdays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
For more information, contact Jennifer Wenker at jwenker@antiochcollege.edu or call 937-319-0114. 
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