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B-36/Mark 17 H-Bomb Accident (May 22, 1957), 5 ½ Miles South of Gibson Blvd, Albuquerque, New Mexico

B-36/Mark 17 H-Bomb Accident (May 22, 1957), 5 ½ Miles South of Gibson Blvd, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Artist: Patrick Nagatani (1945 Chicago, Illinois - 2017 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1991
Medium: Ilfacolor deluxe print on paper
Dimensions:
27 1/2 x 31 in. (69.9 x 78.7 cm)
Classification: Photography
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1989 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1991.30.20
DescriptionA man seen from behind holds a picture in front of a snow covered landscape with some buildings and the Sandias in the distance, of many people conducting an archeological excovation.
On view
Label Text:Patrick Nagatani imagines the crater made by a hydrogen bomb accidently dropped from a B-36 Bomber on May 22, 1957, just south of Kirtland Air Force Base. The high explosive charge detonated on impact; Albuquerque was spared only because the nuclear trigger was not installed.

In this highly personal photograph, Nagatani inserts himself into the scene standing with his back to the camera. He holds a composite image of friends with a B-36 overhead, envisioning the “nuclear winter” that could have befallen Albuquerque.

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