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Bruce Conner's restored mushroom clouds: You can't look away
Bruce Conner's restored mushroom clouds: You can't look away

It begins with one explosion. And then another. And another. Mushroom clouds emerge from under the ocean, expand over the horizon, and churn up the environment in violent upheaval. For more than half an hour, at ever slower speeds, the explosions continue for a work of art that is as hypnotic as it is devastating. "Crossroads," as the piece is called, was made by San Francisco artist Bruce Conner back in 1976, when the Cold War was still casting a chill over international politics, and the U.S. was feeling chastened just a year after its ignoble departure from Vietnam. Now Conner's devastating work, which has been freshly restored, is on view at the Kohn Gallery in...

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