Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012
El Paso Museum of Art
June 1 through August 24, 2014
The El Paso Museum of Art’s major summer ticketed exhibition is Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775–2012, curated by Barbara Matilsky of the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, where the exhibition premiered. Following its presentation in El Paso, Vanishing Ice will tour internationally to appear at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. The Whatcom also created a website for the exhibition: www.vanishing-ice.org.
Combining international work in a variety of media by historical artists such as Ansel Adams, Thomas Hart Benton, Albert Bierstadt, and Gustave Doré and contemporary creators such as Olaf Otto Becker, Jean de Pomereu, Alexis Rockman, and Spencer Tunick, Vanishing Ice considers this diverse and stunning landscape imagery within the context of global warming. The exhibition traces the emerging popularity of alpine and polar landscapes in the eighteenth century, and their evolving meanings through time—for instance, as records of previously uncharted realms and geologic history or as exceptional expressions of the Romantic sublime or the cosmic and spiritual in nature. We also learn notable parallels between the original artist-naturalist-explorers who traveled to icy regions in association with government- or business-sponsored research or commercial voyages, and many contemporary artists who collaborate closely with scientists and writers to investigate and call attention to the fragility and fate of these areas under climate change.
In addition to presenting great art and enriching our knowledge of climate history and issues, Vanishing Ice offers local audiences exposure to unfamiliar topography very different from the Chihuahuan Desert—as well as the chance to beat the heat this Summer in El Paso! And finally, the Nepalese-born American artist Jyoti Duwadi will create a large ice installation outside the museum for the opening reception; Duwadi’s melting work references the beauty, grandeur, and fragility of ice in this contemporary age of unprecedented global warming.
Special Exhibiting Ticketing
Non-member adults age 13+ ($5)
EPMA member adult, children age 12 and under (Free)
Active Military personnel and their family with ID (Free)
Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775 – 2012 was organized by the Whatcom Museum. Major funding has been provided by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Norcliffe Foundation, the Washington State Arts Commission, the City of Bellingham, and furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
El Paso Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art is located near Southwest University Park at One Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, Texas 79901. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.elpasoartmuseum.org