Whatcom Museum opens Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art

. November 8, 2013

The Whatcom Museum presents Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012 an exhibition on view November 3, 2013 through March 2, 2014.

Len Jenshel Narsaq Sound, Greenland C-print, 26 x 30 inches Courtesy of the artist and Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Len Jenshel Narsaq Sound, Greenland C-print, 26 x 30 inches Courtesy of the artist and Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla


Comprised of 70 works of art, Vanishing Ice will unfold thematically and chronologically, tracing the visual impact of glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice — unique and often fantastic formations — on artists’ imaginations.

Vanishing Ice introduces the rich artistic legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers now threatened by climate change, a phenomena understood by the public primarily through news of devastating climactic events. The exhibition offers another perspective by providing visitors an opportunity to experience the majesty of sublime landscapes that have inspired artists, writers, and naturalists for more than two hundred years.

Interweaving science, history and art, and highlighting their historical interrelationships, the exhibition encourages audiences to value the preservation of alpine and polar environments for the wellbeing of both nature and culture. Through this exhibition, visitors will begin to appreciate how strongly embedded these regions are in our collective consciousness.

More information: www.whatcommuseum.org

Category: Natural History

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