From March 31 to May 27, Brown Universitys Bell Gallery
presents 33°, a series of exhibitions and public artworks exploring ice melt and climate change. Bell Gallery director Jo-Ann Conklin notes that artists have participated in scientific and artistic explorations of the iconic landscapes of Earths polar regions since the late-nineteenth century. Today, the crisis of climate change and the associated threat of ice melt and sea level rise have drawn a legion of international artists to Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctic.
33° features the work of a group of international artists including sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard and photographers Olaf Otto Becker, Camille Seaman, James Balog, Jean de Pomereu, and Iain Brownlie Roy.
At the Bell Gallery, visitors can encounter Kirkegaards forty-minute soundspace Isfald (Icefall), a recording made at the Illulisat ice fjord in Greenland that will allow visitors to hear the variety of sounds produced by melting, cracking glaciers.
Alongside Isfald in the gallery are photographs of glaciers, icebergs, and the Greenland ice sheet by Becker and Seaman.
Photomurals by Becker, Seaman, Balog, de Pomereu, and Roy are being displayed on the exterior of buildings across Browns campus.
33° is mounted in conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiatives theme of Art and Environment, and coincides with WeatherProof: Arts, Humanities and Sciences Explore the Environment. The series brings together the work of the David Winton Bell Gallery, the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI), the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society(IBES) and the John Carter Brown Library (JCB). Each program will approach the issue of climate change differently, but two common threads that will span the series are water and the impact of environmental change on the polar regions.