• Paul Shambroom, B83 one-megaton nuclear gravity bombs in Weapons Storage Area, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, 1995, color photograph, 48 x 61". From the series “Nuclear Weapons,” 1992–2001.

    Paul Shambroom

    University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University

    I FIRST SAW PHOTOGRAPHS from Paul Shambroom’s “Nuclear Weapons” series, 1992–2001, in 1995, just prior to the passage of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Shambroom’s frank documentary depictions of places glimpsed by most of us only in nightmares—high-security military sites, including missile command centers, Trident submarines, and weapons storage facilities—made for riveting viewing, even as cold-war fears of certain doom seemed to be loosening their grip. Now, in a vastly changed cultural context, the Minneapolis-based artist’s first comprehensive midcareer survey, which

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