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Whales, Wellsprings, Cracks, and the Spirit of Annihilation: What Drives My Art

Robert Del Tredici on campus Nov. 21
7 p.m., George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium

Robert Del Tredici, one of the world’s leading photographers of the nuclear age, will deliver the Fall Conference of Honors Plenary Address, Whales, Wellsprings, Cracks, and the Spirit of Annihilation:  What Drives My Art  at 7 p.m. in the Digitorium of NKU’s College of Informatics on Thursday, November 21.  A founder of the Atomic Photographers Guild, Del Tredici published The People of Three-Mile Island and At Work in the Fields of the Bomb and published three books for the U. S. Department of Energy under Hazel O’Leary in the 1990s.

Del Tredici is also one of the world’s leading artistic interpreters of Melville’s Moby-Dick.  His book Floodgates of the Wonderworld combines the pen and ink drawings he made in the 1960s with large gestural silkscreens from early in the twenty-first century.  Del Tredici created many of those silkscreens here at NKU, where he taught courses for the Honors Program in 1999.

A reception for Del Tredici will be held in Room 102 of Steely Library from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 21.  In conjunction with his visit, the Steely Library Special Collection and Archive will be mounting an exhibition of Moby-Dick art by Del Tredici and Matt Kish entitled Companions on a Journey.  Del Tredici’s 1977 photograph of Orson Welles which was exhibited in the lobby of the Stauss Theater during the production of Orson Welles’ Moby-Dick--Rehearsed earlier this semester will be included in the exhibition.

These events are free and open to the public.

For further information contact Stephanie Churchill at or 859-572-1373.


Inscrutable Tides of God. Silkscreen print, 2000