Exhibition explores history and future of sea ice in the Arctic
April 27, 2015
“On Ice” opens May 1 at the Anchorage Museum
Formed from frozen seawater exposed to periods of enduring cold, sea ice is a simple material with complex implications. Sea ice provides hunters and whalers with vital access to resources, it helps to moderate the world’s weather, and it is home to much of the microscopic life that supports some of the world’s most valuable fisheries.
On view at the Anchorage Museum May 1 through Sept. 20, "On Ice" explores the historical role this material has played in the Arctic, presented through the perspectives of science, business, government and individuals whose lives and livelihoods are inextricably tied to its dynamic conditions. The exhibition provides context for looking at the future of the North and how life here is ever changing for people, whales, walrus, plankton and more.
"On Ice" is part of the Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab, a series of programs and exhibitions exploring life in the North from multiple perspectives.
Related events: Artist Chad Taylor discusses an art installation he created for the exhibition “On Ice” and other projects from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1. Biologist George Divoky, who studies a colony of Arctic seabirds on the remote Cooper Island off the northern coast of Alaska, discusses climate change in Alaska at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29. Both talks happen at the Anchorage Museum.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org.