Cryosphere: Humans and Climate in Art from the Loeb

When: January 17–May 22, 2022

About the Show

A monochrome print of a hole in a ceiling of ice with the sun coming through it.
Looking through the Snow Tunnel above Goat Lake, Sawtooth Range, Idaho, 1981 Mark Klett (American, b. 1952)
Gelatin silver print, 16 x 19 7/8 in. (40.6 x 50.5 cm)
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In 1914, literary naturalist and Hudson Valley resident John Burroughs wrote, “In the snow-storm: we are admitted into Nature’s oldest laboratory.” This laboratory is part of the cryosphere, the term given to places on Earth where water is in solid, rather than liquid, form. Describing the fleeting and varied forms of the cryosphere—ice and snow in particular—is a challenge shared by artists and scientists alike. This Focus Gallery exhibition applies the approach and knowledge of an earth scientist to art that focuses on the cryosphere, with the aim of enhancing viewers’ understanding of not only the works themselves, but also the planet we inhabit. It features paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present day, including works by Sanford Robinson Gifford, Taguchi Beisaku, Doris Lee, and Oshutsiak Pudlat. This exhibition is co-organized by the Loeb and Jill Schniederman, professor of Earth Science.

This exhibition was made possible by generous support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Programming was funded by the Jill Troy Werner ’71 Endowment for Research and Teaching on Climate Change and Sustainability.

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