Exhibitions focus on 140 years of polar expeditions and photography
Image by Camille Seaman, 'Dirty Iceberg, Cape Bird,' Antarctica, Dec. 25, 2006
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1:26 p.m., Sept. 2, 2008----The University Museums of the University of Delaware will hold two exhibitions from Sept. 9-Dec. 7, in the University Gallery, Old College, as part of the University of Delaware's contribution to the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

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The exhibitions, The Last Iceberg: Photographs by Camille Seaman, and Poles Apart: Photography, Science and Polar Exploration, are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The story told in the exhibitions opens with the mid-19th century search through terra incognita for an ice-free polar sea and closes with the monumental images of icebergs created by contemporary photographer Camille Seaman.

The public is invited to attend the following programs that are offered in conjunction with the exhibitions:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m.: “Melting Away: The Last Iceberg,” a lecture by Camille Seaman in the Trabant University Center theater. Opening reception at 6 p.m. University Gallery. RSVP to [universitymuseums@udel.edu].
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.: “The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture,” a lecture by Michael F. Robinson in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts. A reception will follow.
  • Friday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m.: A gallery talk by Frederick "Fritz" Nelson, professor of geography and a 2008 Nobel Laureate for his role as a member of a working group within the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Camille Seaman: The Last Iceberg was organized by the National Academy of Sciences. Poles Apart presents a variant of Photographs from the Ends of the Earth, organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and curated by Lisa Hostetler. Nelson was the expert consultant for Poles Apart. The photographs, maps and paintings in Poles Apart appear courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the American Geographical Society of New York City.

The exhibitions and related events are made possible through a partnership between UD's W.S. Carlson International Polar Year Events and the University Museums.

For more information and location information, visit [www.udel.edu/museums] or call (302) 831-8037.