MNMF Talk | WaterViz: The Art and Science of Water Journeys

 

Xavier Cortada with the entire Hubbard Brook WaterViz Team, “WaterViz: Hubbard Brook,” 2018 (www.waterviz.org)

Thursday, November 15 at Concrete Space

Where: Concrete Space, 3400 NW 78th Ave, Doral, FL 33122
Time: 7:00pm

Join us for the Festival Session: WaterViz: The Art and Science of Water Journeys, with Xavier Cortada,  Cheryl Maeder, and Lindsey E. Rustad. 

The Miami New Media Festival is a multimedia public art event held in Miami and other cities every October since 2006. Through the years this festival has presented video installations, 3D digital art pieces, live music and performances of more than 250 artists from 15 countries.

 
RSVP here
Xavier Cortada

Miami artist Cortada’s socially-engaged art practice addresses environmental concerns. He often collaborates with scientists in his art-making. He has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole), eco-art projects, and painted community murals addressing peace, child welfare, and juvenile justice concerns.
More about Xavier Cortada here

Cheryl Maeder

Maeder’s work focuses on the innate connection between humans & all life forms on this planet. She works on large-scale public art video installations. Maeder was selected by PBS for Project Filmmaker.  Her film is being televised by PBS, funded by The National Endowment For The Arts.

More about Cheryl Maeder here.

Lindsey Rustad

(Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study & Forest Service Department of Agriculture)


 
 

This festival has the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

NNMF Organizations Sponsors and Partners

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

Miami New Media Festival, XIII Edition: North Pole Dinner Party & Arctic Ice Paintings

Xavier Cortada, Arctic Ice Painting | “90N-08,” 12″ x 9″, North Pole sea ice, acrylic, and mixed media on paper, 2008

Miami New Media Festival Edition XIII
presents

90N: North Pole Dinner Party &  Arctic Ice Paintings 

 by 
Xavier Cortada

at

Concrete Space
3400 NW 78th Avenue
Doral, FL 33122
(305) 219-0811

opening on

 Saturday, November 10, 2018
4pm

 

Ninety Degrees North (90N)

On June 29th, 2008, Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole (90N) to create ritualistic installations addressing global climate change and the melting polar caps.

North Pole Dinner PartyOne of Cortada’s performances included a ritual where he fed his fellow travelers aboard a Russian icebreaker pieces of ice he collected at the North Pole, thereby integrating the North Pole into their very being. “I figured that if they ingested a piece of the North Pole, it would become part of them.” said Cortada. “The North Pole water molecules would be swirling through their bodies. The North Pole atoms would be incorporated into their very cells.  My sense was that after having North Pole communion, they would protect the North Pole. If nothing else, they would do so for self-preservation.”

Arctic Ice PaintingsCortada also taped pieces of paper to the top deck of the icebreaker. He then placed North Pole sea ice and paint on the pieces of paper.  As the icebreaker made its way south from 90 degrees North, the ice melted and created his Arctic ice paintings. The North Pole works also included the reinterpretation of his 2007 South Pole (National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program) “Longitudinal Installation” and “Endangered World” ritualistic installations at the Earth’s northernmost point, and the launch of Native Flags, a participatory ecoart project to engage others in reforesting the world below. Cortada created art at the extreme ends of the planet to address issues of global climate change at every point in between.

As the Arctic Melts

Ten years ago, Cortada’s ice breaker easily pushed through the then-thinning polar ice, surprising the crew at its early arrival in the North Pole. Arctic warming has since continued melting sea ice at frightening speed:   “Within two decades” stated the artist, “I may be able to repeat the journey on a sailboat, because scientists tell us the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during summer. Global Climate Change will not just melt the Arctic, it will irrevocably change the world below.

“I bring this exhibition to the people of Florida to draw the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula,” said Cortada. “Melting ice will have catastrophic effects across our state and weaken the Gulf Stream. Arctic warming will lead to sea level rise, more coastal flooding, prolonged heat waves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”

 

 

 

NNMF Organizations Sponsors and Partners

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines & Underwater HOA” at Hibiscus Gallery

Antarctic Ice Paintings: Main | About | 2018 Event | Global Coastlines Gallery | Press  
Ice Painting Series: Sea Ice | WAIS | Global Coastlines

 

Xavier Cortada, “Antarctic Ice Paintings | Global Coastlines: A-1: Antarctica,” melted Antarctic ice, sediment and mixed media on paper, 9″ x 12″, 2007.

 

“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA

a solo exhibition premiering works created in Antarctica in 2007
by

Xavier Cortada

at

Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Exhibit runs from November 8, 2018 through January 13, 2018

 

Artist Meet and Greet
Join us: “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA” a solo exhibition by Xavier Cortada, premiering works created in Antartica in 2007.

  • Opening:  
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 (7 – 10 pm)
  • Celebrate Art Miami Week:  
    Thursday, November 29, 2018 (6:30 – 10 pm)
  • Pinecrest Day: Distribution of Underwater Markers: 
    Sunday, December 2,2018 (noon – 5 pm)
  • Underwater HOA Meeting (and artist signing of Underwater Markers): 
    Thursday, January 9, 2019, (7 – 10 pm).

Presented by the Village of Pinecrest with Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER, University of Miami Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center, Eyes on the Rise and the Miami New Media Festival.

 

About the Exhibition

Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “Antarctic Ice Paintings” using glacier ice, sea ice, and sediment samples provided to him by McMurdo LTER scientists working in Antarctica.  

Global Coastlines,” a series comprised of all of the artist’s Antarctic works on paper which had not yet been titled (and had never been shown) will be premiered and named at Pinecrest Gardens.  One is titled “Antarctica,”  another “Pinecrest, Florida.”  The remaining sixty works will be titled for another 60 global communities threatened by sea level rise. The exhibition is part of a broader participatory art project aimed at engaging residents in a conversation about the future of their properties.  

The exhibition will also serve to launch the Underwater HOA participatory public art project the artist is implementing with the Village of Pinecrest to engage their 6,000 households in addressing sea lever rise.  Learn more at www.underwaterHOA.com

Xavier Cortada, “Underwater HOA,” 2018 (www.underwaterHOA.com)

 

About #UnderwaterHOA

I travelled to Antarctica in 2006 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artist and Writers Program fellow. There, I created a series of works on paper by melting ice samples scientists gave me from their research on how human impacts on global climate are melting the Antarctic glaciers.

Underwater HOA depicts South Florida’s vulnerability to those melting glaciers: the Village of Pinecrest will encourage its residents to install an “Underwater HOA” marker on their front lawn during the first week of December 2018. The marker will display how many feet of melting glacial water must rise before their property is underwater. I numbered each yard sign from 0 to 17 feet, the land elevation range for the 6,000 houses in the Village. The signs’ backdrop show the watercolor paintings I made in Antarctica by melting ice from the very glaciers that threaten to melt and drown Miami.

By mapping the crisis to come, I make the invisible visible. Block by block, house by house, neighbor by neighbor, I want to make the future impact of sea level rise something no longer possible to ignore.

My socially-engaged environmental art practice aims to help address the problem at hand: As part of the effort, I will charter a homeowner’s association where members are organized by property elevation–the most important metric any coastal community need consider. By asking participants to join Underwater HOA, I engage my neighbors as problem-solvers who will learn together and work together now to plan and better prepare (themselves and their heirs) for the chaos to come.

– Xavier Cortada

 

Underwater HOA is a participatory public art project Xavier Cortada is implementing in tandem with his “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA” exhibition in Pinecrest Gardens Hibiscus Gallery from November 8, 2018 through January 13, 2018.

“Underwater HOA” at Hibiscus Gallery

Xavier Cortada

Underwater HOA: Main | About | Markers | Participate | Join our HOA | Press | Exhibition | Social Media | Resources  

“Underwater HOA”

a participatory art project by Xavier Cortada will be launched during the opening of the artist’s

 “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines & Underwater HOA

solo exhibition premiering works he created in Antarctica in 2006-2007 at

Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Exhibit runs from November 8, 2018 through January 13, 2018

 

“Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines and Underwater HOA” a solo exhibition by Xavier Cortada, premiering works created in Antartica in 2007.

  • Artist meet and greet, Thursday, November 8, 2018 (7-10pm)
  • Artist meet and greet with Consular Corps for naming of “Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines” series, Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:30 -10:00 p.m.
  • Pinecrest Day: Distribution of Underwater Markers and Artist Meet and Greet, Sunday, Dec 2, noon – 5:00 p.m.
  • Underwater HOA Meeting, Artist Signing of Underwater Markers, and Artist meet and greet, Thursday, January 9, 2019, 7- 10:00 p.m.

 

Antarctic Ice Paintings: Main | About | 2018 Event | Global Coastlines Gallery | Press  
Ice Painting Series: Sea Ice | WAIS | Global Coastlines

Xavier Cortada, “Antarctic Ice Paintings | Global Coastlines: A-30,” melted Antarctic ice, sediment and mixed media on paper, 9″ x 12″, 2007.

 

Xavier Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “Antarctic Ice Paintings” using glacier ice, sea ice, and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica.  “Global Coastlines,” a series of comprised of all of the artist’s Antarctic works on paper which had not yet been titled (and had never been shown) will be premiered and named at Pinecrest Gardens.  One is titled “Antarctica,”  another will be titled “Pinecrest.”  The remaining sixty works will be titled for another 60 global communities threatened by sea level rise. The exhibition is part of a broader participatory art project aimed at engaging residents in a conversation about the future of their properties.

 

 

 
 

Miami New Media Festival Session: Water, Symbolism, and Climate Change

 

Tuesday October 30 at GableStage

Where: GableStage. 1200 Anastasia Avenue. Coral Gables, FL 33134
Time: 7:30pm

Join us for the Festival Session: Water, Symbolism, and Climate Change, with Xavier Cortada,  Cheryl Maeder, and Christopher Rodriguez Barake. 

The night will begin with a screening of some Miami New Media Festival 2018 selected videos and followed by the panel discussion with two guest artists and one of the curators of the festival. 

The Miami New Media Festival is a multimedia public art event held in Miami and other cities every October since 2006. Through the years this festival has presented video installations, 3D digital art pieces, live music and performances of more than 250 artists from 15 countries.

Free entrance. RSVP not required but encouraged

RSVP here
Xavier Cortada

Miami artist Cortada’s socially-engaged art practice addresses environmental concerns. He often collaborates with scientists in his art-making. He has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole), eco-art projects, and painted community murals addressing peace, child welfare, and juvenile justice concerns.
More about Xavier Cortada here

Cheryl Maeder

Maeder’s work focuses on the innate connection between humans & all life forms on this planet. She works on large-scale public art video installations. Maeder was selected by PBS for Project Filmmaker.  Her film is being televised by PBS, funded by The National Endowment For The Arts.

More about Cheryl Maeder here.

Christopher R. Barake

One of the curators of the Miami New Media Festival 2018 Coordinator of Academic Support Services for the Department of Art + Art History in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University.

More about Christopher R. Barake here.


The GableStage is located on the east side of The Biltmore Hotel.

As you are facing the entrance of the hotel, the theater is to the left.

Where to Park

  • Valet parking is available at The Biltmore Hotel front entrance.
  • Self-parking is available on the west side of the hotel as well as in the adjacent church parking lot (when there are no church functions underway).
  • There are drop off zones in front of the theatre for anyone with limited mobility.
 
Background image on the top: Xavier Cortada, “Astrid (Antarctic Ice Painting),” sea ice from the Antarctica’s Ross Sea, sediment from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper, 12″ x 9″, 2007
 

This festival has the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

NNMF Organizations Sponsors and Partners

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.

90N (North Pole works) at Cortada Studio

Join us for the opening of 

90N

an exhibition of works Cortada created at the North Pole in 2008

 

Cortada Studio at Pinecrest Gardens
Whilden-Carrier Cottage
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Opening: Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 10am to noon

Exhibition runs through October 31st (by appointment: 305-858-1323)

 

 

Ninety Degrees North (90N)

On June 29th, 2008, Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole (90N) to create ritualistic installations addressing global climate change and the melting polar caps. One of Cortada’s performances included a ritual where he fed his fellow travelers aboard a Russian icebreaker pieces of ice he collected at the North Pole, thereby integrating the North Pole into their very being. “I figured that if they ingested a piece of the North Pole, it would become part of them.” said Cortada. “The North Pole water molecules would be swirling through their bodies. The North Pole atoms would be incorporated into their very cells.  My sense was that after having North Pole communion, they would protect the North Pole. If nothing else, they would do so for self-preservation.”

 

Cortada also taped pieces of paper to the top deck of the icebreaker. He then placed North Pole sea ice and paint on the pieces of paper.  As the icebreaker made its way south from 90 degrees North, the ice melted and created his Arctic ice paintings. The North Pole works also included the reinterpretation of his 2007 South Pole (National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program) “Longitudinal Installation” and “Endangered World” ritualistic installations at the Earth’s northernmost point, and the launch of Native Flags, a participatory ecoart project to engage others in reforesting the world below. Cortada created art at the extreme ends of the planet to address issues of global climate change at every point in between.

As the Arctic Melts

Ten years ago, Cortada’s ice breaker easily pushed through the then-thinning polar ice, surprising the crew at its early arrival in the North Pole. Arctic warming has since continued melting sea ice at frightening speed:   “Within two decades” stated the artist, “I may be able to repeat the journey on a sailboat, because scientists tell us the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during summer. Global Climate Change will not just melt the Arctic, it will irrevocably change the world below.

“I bring this exhibition to the people of Florida to draw the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula,” said Cortada. “Melting ice will have catastrophic effects across our state and weaken the Gulf Stream. Arctic warming will lead to sea level rise, more coastal flooding, prolonged heat waves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”

 

 

 

 

EU Climate Diplomacy Day | Naming of Antarctic Ice Paintings: Global Coastlines

Xavier Cortada will participate in EU Climate Diplomacy Day.

On September 27, 2018, at the Storer Auditorium in the Miami Business School, the artist will engage the audience in his DO NOT OPEN performance, asking them to write letters to the future.  The artist will also invite five General Consuls to randomly select one of the 60 paintings the artist made by melting Antarctic ice  and name it after one of their own country’s coastal cities made vulnerable by the melting of that same Antarctic ice.  The five European consuls will be the first to randomly name the Global Coastlines series of the Antarctic Ice Paintings.  The remaining 55 works will be named at a ceremony in Pinecrest Gardens Hibiscus Gallery on November 29, 2018, see http://hibiscusgallery.com/about-2018-icepaintings.

 

 

For more information contact:

Axel Zeissig, Vice Consul, Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
100 N Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2200, Miami, FL 33132
Phone (305) 358-0290 ext. 585
Fax (305) 358-0307

Creative Pinellas presents “As the Arctic Melts …,” an artist’s talk by Xavier Cortada

90N:     Main | Event | Gallery | Press
Galleries:     Arctic Ice Paintings | Native Flags | Endangered World | Longitudinal Installation | North Pole Dinner Party

 

 

 

Creative Pinellas 
presents

As the Arctic Melts …

an artist’s talk by
Xavier Cortada

on
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm

at
Pinewood Cultural Center Auditorium
12211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33778

 

 

 

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the presentation of the artist’s 
90N: North Pole Installations exhibition across the way at

Gallery Creative Pinellas
12211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33778

 

Exhibition runs June 29, 2018 through September 2, 2018 

 

 

Ten years ago, Cortada’s ice breaker easily pushed through the then-thinning polar ice, surprising the crew at its early arrival in the North Pole. Arctic warming has since continued melting sea ice at frightening speed:   “Within two decades” stated the artist, “I will be able to repeat the journey on a sailboat, because scientists tell us the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during summer. Global Climate Change will not just melt the Arctic, it will irrevocably change the world below.”

“I bring this exhibition to the people of Florida to draw the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula,” said Cortada. “Melting ice will have catastrophic effects across our state and weaken the Gulf Stream. Arctic warming will lead to sea level rise, more coastal flooding, prolonged heatwaves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”

 

About the Artist

Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for CERN, the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, Port Everglades, Florida’s Turnpike, the Museum of Florida History, the Frost Science Museum and Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse. Locally, his work is in the permanent collection of the Frost Art Museum, PAMM and the NSU Art Museum of Ft. Lauderdale. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Geneva and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland. His studio is located in Pinecrest Gardens. For more information please visit www.cortada.com

 

About Creative Pinellas

At Creative Pinellas our mission is to facilitate a vibrant, integrated, collaborative and sustainable Pinellas County Arts Community and cultural destination. We strive to be the premier Local Arts Agency, recognized locally and globally for our contribution to arts and culture. We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations and the creative community; supporting economic development; showcasing Pinellas County as a cultural destination, and making arts and creative expression and experience available to all. As the County’s Local Arts Agency, Creative Pinellas and the programs we deliver are funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg / Clearwater, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate in Pinellas County.

 

Creative Pinellas and Arctic Cycle present “90N,” a solo exhibition of works created by Xavier Cortada at the North Pole in June 2008

90N:     Main | Event | Gallery | Press
Galleries:     Arctic Ice Paintings | Native Flags | Endangered World | Longitudinal Installation | North Pole Dinner Party

 


Creative Pinellas
and Arctic Cycle present

90N:

North Pole Installations

by

Xavier Cortada

at

Gallery at Creative Pinellas
12211 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33778

Exhibit runs  June 29, 2018 through September 2, 2018

 

 

Ten years ago, Cortada’s ice breaker easily pushed through the then-thinning polar ice, surprising the crew at its early arrival in the North Pole. Arctic warming has since continued melting sea ice at frightening speed:   “Within two decades” stated the artist, “I will be able to repeat the journey on a sailboat, because scientists tell us the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free during summer. Global Climate Change will not just melt the Arctic, it will irrevocably change the world below.”

“I bring this exhibition to the people of Florida to draw the alarming connection between the Arctic and our peninsula,” said Cortada. “Melting ice will have catastrophic effects across our state and weaken the Gulf Stream. Arctic warming will lead to sea level rise, more coastal flooding, prolonged heatwaves, relentless rain, stalled tropical storms, extreme weather and more intense fire seasons.”

 

 

 

 

 


 

About the Artist

Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for CERN, the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, Port Everglades, Florida’s Turnpike, the Museum of Florida History, the Frost Science Museum and Miami-Dade Children’s Courthouse. Locally, his work is in the permanent collection of the Frost Art Museum, PAMM and the NSU Art Museum of Ft. Lauderdale. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Geneva and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Taiwan and Holland. His studio is located in Pinecrest Gardens. Learn more at www.cortada.com

 

About Creative Pinellas

At Creative Pinellas our mission is to facilitate a vibrant, integrated, collaborative and sustainable Pinellas County Arts Community and cultural destination. We strive to be the premier Local Arts Agency, recognized locally and globally for our contribution to arts and culture. We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations and the creative community; supporting economic development; showcasing Pinellas County as a cultural destination, and making arts and creative expression and experience available to all. As the County’s Local Arts Agency, Creative Pinellas and the programs we deliver are funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg / Clearwater, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate in Pinellas County.  Learn more at www.CreativePinellas.org.

About The Arctic Cycle

The Arctic Cycle uses theatre to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action. Operating on the principle that complex problems must be addressed through collaborative efforts, we work with artists across disciplines and geographic borders, solicit input from earth and social scientists, and actively seek community and educational partners. We manifest this mission through our ongoing initiatives, including Artists & Climate Change. Through the publication of essays, interviews, and editorials, the blog and international network Artists & Climate Change creates community and promotes the inclusion of the arts in the global climate change conversation. Since its launch in 2013, A&CC has become an educational resource for art, environment, and social change classes.  Learn more at www.arcticcycle.org.

 

About the NYFA 

Cortada implemented his “90N” installations at the North Pole in 2008 as an NYFA sponsored-artist.New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship increases the funding opportunities of individual artists and artist-run organizations by allowing them to raise funds using NYFA’s tax-exempt status.  Learn more at www.nyfa.org.

 

 

Group exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum

VANISHING ICE: ALPINE AND POLAR LANDSCAPES IN ART 1775-2012

Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota
January 27th, 2018 – May 13th, 2018

astridXavier Cortada, “astrid,” (2007). Permanent collection of the Whatcom Museum.

Xavier Cortada’s “Astrid” painting will be on exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN from January 27th through May 13th, 2018 as part of the “Vanishing Ice” exhibit curated by Barbara Matilsky — see http://www.vanishing-ice.org.  You can learn more about Cortada’s piece by reading the American Art essay by Alan Braddock and Renée Ater, Art in the Anthropocene — see http://cortada.com/press/2014/AmericanArt.

Cortada, recipient of a 2006-2007 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers fellowship, traveled to Antarctica to implement a series of projects and installations. While there, the Miami artist created “ice paintings” using sea ice and sediment samples provided to him by scientists working in Antarctica.  The artist titled the works on paper by randomly selecting the names of geographic features from a map of the continent that inspired their creation.  To learn more about the series visit http://cortada.com/2007/ice-paintings.

astrid-s

Artist: Xavier Cortada
Title: “astrid”
Series: Ice Paintings: Antarctic Sea Ice series
Medium: Sea ice from the Antarctica’s Ross Sea, sediment from Antarctica’s Dry Valleys and mixed media on paper
Size: 12 inches x 9 inches
Year: 2007
Created onsite at McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica
Permanent collection of the Whatcom Museum.

Curatorial Narrative
Barbara Matilsky, Curator of Art

VANISHING ICE will introduce the rich artistic legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers now threatened by climate change, a phenomena understood by the public primarily through news of devastating climactic events The exhibition offers another perspective by providing visitors an opportunity to experience the majesty of sublime landscapes that have inspired artists, writers, and naturalists for more than two hundred years. Interweaving science, history and art, and highlighting their historical interrelationships, the exhibition encourages audiences to value the preservation of alpine and polar environments for the well-being of both nature and culture. Through this exhibition, visitors will begin to appreciate how strongly embedded these regions are in our collective consciousness

Comprised of 70 works of art, Vanishing Ice will unfold thematically and chronologically, tracing the visual impact of glaciers, icebergs, and fields of ice – unique and often fantastic formations – on artists’ imaginations. International in scope, the exhibition features artists from Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States. It will examine the connections among generations of artists as they sought to understand and interpret the color, light, and structure of ice. Through their magical landscapes, visitors will vicariously experience the blue-green hues and extraordinary shapes of another world.

The confluence of art, science and public education is one of the major themes of the exhibition. In their quest to discover new pictorial motifs, the artist-as-explorer contributed to a greater understanding of the Earth. In the wake of the large number of voyages launched during the nineteenth century, images of alpine and polar landscapes helped popularize revolutionary scientific discoveries and theories in natural history, including the concept of an Ice Age concomitant with a vision of the planet’s ancient origins. Works of art by artists such as Jean-Antoine Linck (Swiss, 1766-1843) and Louis Lebreton (French, 1818–1866) appeared in scientific publications, expeditionary atlases, travelogues, popular magazines, and exhibitions. Today, these early landscapes continue to play a major role in science by helping climatologists measure the retreat of glaciers over the centuries.

A growing number of artists are once again journeying to alpine mountain ranges and the Poles, the most salient indicators of climate change, to document the effects of global warming. The fate of retreating glaciers have been presented by many photographers, including Gary Braasch, David Breashears, and Eirik Johnson who compare their views of the Rocky Mountains, Himalayas, and Andes with historical photographs, which will also be highlighted in the exhibition. Parallel to the nineteenth-century artists’ close relationship to natural history, their images appear in a wide range of venues, including books and exhibitions, helping to visualize the dramatic effects forecast by climate scientists.

Like their nineteenth and early-twentieth century counterparts, many artists are joining government-sponsored expeditions. The US National Science Foundation provides opportunities for artists as diverse as Eliot Porter and Camille Seaman to spend time in Antarctica as a way to increase awareness of polar research. Many artists, in the spirit of Frederic Edwin Church and William Bradford, have organized their own expeditions. Since 2007, artist David Buckland has been coordinating Arctic explorations composed of artists, scientists, musicians, and writers through the Cape Farewell Project, underscoring the expanded role of the artist-activist in publicizing climate change. Seventy artists have participated to date, including Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky, whose work will also be featured in the exhibition along with video documentation of Cape Farewell’s inaugural expedition.

Vanishing Ice also examines the stylistic evolution of alpine and polar imagery over two centuries. Within this context, the exhibition will feature the wide array of materials, media, and techniques that artists have employed to vividly capture the frozen landscape. Initially limited to drawings, prints, paintings and later photography, artists now utilize video, sound, and site-specific sculpture to interpret these environments. Among the fifty internationally recognized historical and contemporary artists included are: Ansel Adams, Otto Olaf Becker, John Grade, Lauren Harris, Frank Hurley, Issac Julien, Rockwell Kent, Alexis Rockman, and Spencer Tunick.

Vanishing Ice will reveal the transformative power of art in shaping the public’s perception of these starkly beautiful environments. Beginning in the eighteenth century, writers and painters, such as Francois-August Biard (French, 1799–1882), and Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900) contributed to a new appreciation of alpine and polar landscapes, which were once regarded with fear and now experienced on a heightened, emotional level. This quality, described as the Sublime, intersected with spirituality and was one of the defining aspects of a culture in the throes of rapid industrialization. Polar ice and glaciated mountains became metaphors for both the control of nature and correspondingly lack of control, freedom, nationalism, and more recently climate change.

While showcasing the art, Vanishing Ice will present layers of information through illustrated text panels, graphs, maps and a multi-disciplinary time line featuring milestones in art, literature, science, exploration, and mountaineering, which will help visitors grasp the history of alpine and polar regions and their significance for Western culture. An introductory video, produced by the City of Bellingham’s TV10, will be aired in the gallery and broadcast on the cable channel. Quotes by artists, scientists, writers, and explorers will be strategically placed throughout the galleries to augment the key ideas and messages of the exhibition. The exhibition will feature interpretive graphics for understanding why the Arctic, Antarctica, and glaciers are so critical for maintaining a balanced, planetary ecosystem and suggest what individuals and communities can do to help mitigate global warming.

Additional components of the exhibition include: a 162-page catalogue, published by the University of Washington Press and a web site.

See http://www.whatcommuseum.org/galleries/upcoming/379-vanishing-ice