Test Site

Solo Exhibition / 2014 / National Atomic Test Museum / Smithsonian Institution


About

In this innovative exhibition, paintings about the Nevada Test Site were placed directly adjacent to or within the Museum's exhibits about the technology, history and controversy of US nuclear weapon production. Neither pro- nor anti- nuclear, the artworks function as emotional cyphers which parse the profound effects of superpower status upon culture and individual.

Reviews

"Spare, abstract and vast in scope, LoPresti’s paintings ... balance technological precision with the desert’s stark beauty. Strikingly, they characterize the Nye County test site—officially known as the Nevada National Security Site—as pockmarked by nuclear craters, the scar-tissue reminders of its Cold War legacy."

- Steve Bornfeld, Vegas Seven Magazine