Whale Bay, Antarctica No. 4, 84x144, 2016 (reproduction)
December 20 – January 15
24-hour window installation (galleries closed)
January 19 – February 11
In Human Time, the first exhibition of the Climate Museum, explored intersections of polar ice, humanity, and time through installations of work by Zaria Forman and Peggy Weil. The poles of the Earth can seem implacably vast, unchangeable and forbidding. But every week of climate news confirms that polar ice, far from invulnerable, is profoundly affected by human activity. How does this contradiction between invulnerability and fragility reflect on us? What does polar ice tell us about ourselves?
Zaria Forman's installation included a reproduction of Whale Bay, Antarctica, No. 4, 84x144, 2016 and a time-lapse video depicting the process of making the work. The original work is in private collection, and the reproduction was displayed courtesy of Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle WA. Watch a 20 second video of the installation here.
88 Cores, shown for the first time as part of this exhibition, is a film that descends two miles through the Greenland Ice Sheet in one continuous pan going back more than 110,000 years in time. Still images of the ice cores were also on display. The installation was accompanied in the hallway outside by artifacts and media offering context on ice core science and the Arctic.