Vanishing Ice offers an interdisciplinary perspective into the rich cultural legacy of the planet’s alpine and polar landscapes.
It features the work of an international array of artists whose careers span over two hundred years. Tracing the impact of glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice on artists’ imaginations, this website explores the connections between artists, natural scientists and the history of exploration.
In the past, artists introduced the public to the geology of ice and the concept of ice ages as evidence of Earth’s ancient origins. Today, artists present the fragility of ice, which is rapidly disappearing in our warming world of climate change. Using different styles, media, and creative approaches to interpreting icy landscapes, artists highlight both the sublime beauty and deteriorating condition of the planet’s once remote regions: alpine mountain chains, the Arctic, and Antarctica.
This website is based on interpretive documentation of an international traveling exhibition, Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012. It was organized under the auspices of the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, November 3, 2013 through March 16, 2014.
The exhibition traveled to the following museums and institutions:
El Paso Museum of Art, Texas: June 1 – August 24, 2014
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, CA: September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ontario, CA: January 31 – April 26, 2015
The David Brower Center, Berkeley, California: February 11 – May 11, 2016
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: January 26 – May 13, 2018
Vanishing Ice was accompanied by a 144-page illustrated catalog, distributed by the University of Washington Press.
Top banner image: A large iceberg in Antarctica. Photo by Jay Ruzesky.