Showcasing the beauty and attraction of Earth’s frozen frontiers through 90 works of art from 12 countries, Vanishing Ice frames a unique body of art with the context of climate change. This cultural perspective reveals the importance of alpine and polar landscapes in shaping Western consciousness about nature and helps inform the environmental challenges faced today.
Vanishing Ice provides visitors an opportunity to experience the majesty of sublime landscapes that have inspired artists, writers, and naturalists for more than two hundred years, highlighting the cultural legacy of ice. The exhibition traces the impact of glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice on artist’s imaginations, as well as the connections between generations of artists over two centuries.
Visitors will experience the show thematically, geographically and chronologically, beginning with alpine landscapes and then moving on to Arctic and Antarctic sections. There is also a section devoted to Washington’s changing climate; Washington is home to more glaciers than any state except Alaska.