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‘Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art’

This deep dive into frozen waters guides visitors through understanding climate change, historic and at times romanticized notions about the arctic landscapes, and creative ways to imagine the future of frozen. The exhibition mixes all media, from painting and drawing to video and vintage photography. A few pieces stand out. “Crossing a Glacier Near Monte Cristo” (1902) is a black-and-white stereograph by Darius and Tabitha Kinsey, offering viewers a look at this natural landscape. It is cleverly juxtaposed with Spencer Tunick’s photo “Aletsch Glacier #4” (2007), in which he had hundreds of volunteers lie down nude on a glacier in Switzerland, suggesting the ways that the Earth without glaciers is as naked as a nude human freezing their literal butt off on the edge of a glacier. And a show about climate wouldn’t be complete without a cube of ice bricks outside, by sculptor Jyoti Duwadi, which will melt naturally as winter departs. (Through May 13. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue., Thu., Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed. Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Mpls. 612-625-9494 or wam.umn.edu)

ALICIA ELER