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November 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Bellingham’s ‘Vanishing Ice’ exhibit blends climate politics, art

"Adelies, 2008" by Alexis Rockman, an artwork of oil on wood, is part of the "Vanishing Ice" exhibit in Bellingham. (Collection of Robin and Steven Arnold)

“Adelies, 2008” by Alexis Rockman, an artwork of oil on wood, is part of the “Vanishing Ice” exhibit in Bellingham. (Collection of Robin and Steven Arnold)

Get in the latest conversation about global warming, through art, with a trip to Bellingham to see the Whatcom Museum’s groundbreaking new exhibit, “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012.”

Promoters describe the exhibit, which opened Sunday, thusly:

“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 within 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.”

Featured works range from Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen’s image of

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