The Brenda and David McLean Lectures in Canadian Studies by John O’Brian: The Bomb in the Wilderness

On Photographing a Dirty Bomb

Held at the Liu Centre beginning at 7pm.

This year the McLean lectures will examine the place of photography in the construction of nuclear narratives since World War II. To what extent, John O’Brian will ask, is the mushroom cloud, the meta-symbol of the atomic age, laced with Canadian content?

John O’Brian is Professor of Art History and Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.  He has published more than a dozen books, including: Beyond Wilderness (co-edited with Peter White, 2007); Ruthless Hedonism (1999); Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism (1986 and 1993); and David Milne and the Modern Tradition of Painting (1983). His current research is on the engagement of photography with the atomic era. He is organizing an exhibition, Camera Atomica, for the Art Gallery of Ontario, and writing a monograph, The Bomb in the Wilderness, for the University of British Columbia Press.

For more information contact Dr. Laura Moss,

photo: Admiral W.H.P (“Spike”) Blandy and his Wife, 1946.