Japanese Times article

        The article about the exhibit in the Japanese Times focused a lot of its commentary on the curator of the exhibit and what he had to say about how well the exhibit at the Smithsonian could accomodate their interests in terms of representation of the event. In relationship to our discussion about museums and exhibits and in situ versus in context, I would say that this exhibit, and quite possibly the National Air and Space museum as a whole, are predominantly in situ pieces. The survivors of the bombing were calling for the exhibit to show just how devastating the attack on Hiroshima was. The curator explained that it just wasn’t possible because there wasn’t space (no pun intended) for such an exhibit at the museum. Most of the important exhibits are just replicas that hang overhead from the ceiling of the museum, which is exactly how the Enola Gay exhibit was to be placed. Like most exhibits there, the Enola Gay came with just a description of what it did or could do. If this were an incontext museum, it would be on display as having been the aircraft that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and there would be more detail about the event and the importance surrounding it. This is not that kind of museum though, as the curator explained. What I thought was most important about what he said was that the museum is that it is “primarily a technology museum,” and not one that shows historical impact or importance. It is there for people to revel in the technological advances of our time, and I think Enola Gay was a big part of that advancement.