"Climate Change at the Poles"


  • Ongoing: until Friday, May 29, 2009
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Change is coming. From the perspective of an art museum, the prospect of climate change raises some elemental questions. For example, what impact will changing conditions have on current culture, thought, behavior, and artistic expression? Can art itself be an agent of change? What will climate change do to our sense of place? In the Polar regions, where the earth appears to be warming more quickly than it is elsewhere, we are seeing examples of accelerated climate change-a matter of great scientific discussion and political debate. By reflecting on human responses to life in these harsh, changing environments, we seek to offer new perspectives from which to comprehend existence at the Poles-and by extension, wherever one lives.With this exhibition the Spencer intends to underscore the importance of cooperation between scientists, art historians, artists, sociologists, and others in understanding historic and present-day changes to the Poles. By integrating art, photographs, objects of material culture, maps, and quantitative data, we will attempt to delve into the cultural responses to and relationships with these unforgiving environments. During the International Polar Year (IPY), we will examine Polar materials, disciplines, and ways of seeing and being, ranging from the first IPY (1882-1883) to the current one (2007-2009). Outreach plans include lectures, a film and book series, children's art classes and other University, community, and regional efforts.Climate Change at the Poles is organized by Kate Meyer, curatorial assistant, prints & drawings; Jennifer Talbott, assistant to the director; and Angela Watts, assistant collections manager, with contributions from advisors Steve Goddard, senior curator, Jonathan Chester, Extreme Images, and Dan Wildcat, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU). The proƂ-ject consists of an alliance with the National Science Foundation's KU-headquartered Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), cooperation with departments across campus, and collaboration with HINU. In addition, the Spencer has commissioned photographer Terry Evans to travel to Greenland to photograph the coasts and ice sheets-her work will be on view in the Museum's Process Gallery, adjacent to the 20/21 Gallery.

This event was posted July 30, 2008 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014


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