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War poster - Oops! - Group Commentary

20th Century
23 in. x 17 1/2 in. (58.42 cm x 44.45 cm)

Clayton David Pinkerton, American, (1931–1993)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Accession Number: 1969.53
In this piece, Pinkerton depicts an image of a rural landscape, topped by a mushroom cloud. This serious and devastating scene is reframed in a satirical and unsettling way by the text in the image, “OOPS!” This piece connects the exhibition’s two main focuses, the environment and human oppression. It shows the environment being destroyed, and alludes to human oppression because of the atrocities committed in history that have used nuclear weapons. The word “OOPS!” creates a clear reminder of human apathy, and the ignorance that can be shown by Western society. Our natural resources are being contaminated and polluted, and that is put on focus in this piece. This piece produces a discussion about property and ownership, as well as military power. We are left with the impression of apathy, of an unsatisfactory “Oops, we didn’t mean to.”

--Lily Drabkin-Hoover, December 2016

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Image Dimensions: 20 in. x 15 1/2 in. (50.8 cm x 39.37 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 23 x 17 1/2 in. (58.42 x 44.45 cm)

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Stephanie Hanor, ed. Moments of Impact. Moments of Impact Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2017

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