Mushroom Cloud explosion, AR artwork

Nancy Baker Cahill, Mushroom Cloud, 2021 

Mushroom Cloud

May 18, 2024 – January 5, 2025

The Autry in Griffith Park

About the Exhibition

Nancy Baker Cahill’s multifaceted augmented reality (AR) public art project, Mushroom Cloud, is a project focused on accountability; one that values sharing and conserving resources, and strengthening networked systems through participation, communication, and advocacy. The work speaks to rising waters, to viewers raising their gaze to witness the sky-covering mycelial network, and to collectively rising to the opportunity to combat the climate crisis through distributed support, mutual accountability, and environmental stewardship. Mushroom Cloud acknowledges the imminence of this cataclysmic crisis while offering hope that through cooperative and constructive action, a vibrant and vital future is still possible. 

Exhibition Sponsors

Mushroom Cloud is part of the exhibition, Out of Site: Survey Science and the Hidden West. This exhibition is among more than 60 exhibitions and programs presented as part of PST ART. Returning in September 2024 with its latest edition, PST ART: Art & Science Collide, this landmark regional event explores the intersections of art and science, both past and present. PST ART is presented by Getty. For more information about PST ART: Art & Science Collide, please visit:

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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