Image from poster of Arctic Re-visions: Voyages to Greenland, 1869 & 2012 exhibition at Yager Museum

New Yager Exhibition Celebrates Bradford and Lapides’ Arctic Journeys

February 17, 2017

Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture launches a new exhibition of modern images of Greenland by photographer Michael Lapides. Arctic Re-visions: Voyages to Greenland, 1869 & 2012 juxtaposes Lapides’ 2012 images with those taken on a journey by 19th-century artist William Bradford up Greenland’s west coast. Arctic Revisions opens with a public reception Wednesday, February 22 at 6 p.m.

One hundred and forty-three years after Bradford’s landmark journey, Lapides, nine other passengers and five crew members aboard the “Wanderbird” retraced Bradford’s steps. From the Chasing the Light voyage, Lapides’ produced stunning photographs of the landscape, the sea, the ice, and the people of Greenland, allowing him to document the ways the “Arctic Regions” have endured and changed over the intervening years.

Lapides, the director of Digital Initiatives for the New Bedford (MA) Whaling Museum, will also attend the opening, and offer remarks on the exhibition and how it came to be.

“While Michael shared his stunning photographs through the Whaling Museum’s web pages, this is the first time they have been exhibited in a museum setting,” said Museum Coordinator Dr. Doug Kendall. “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to share these spectacular images with our community.”

Greenland is the world’s largest island. In the 19th century, the west coast of Greenland served as a jumping-off point for exploration of the Arctic. Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage departed from Disko Bay, Greenland in July, 1845, as did some of those sent to search for Franklin later. The Davis Strait, which separates Greenland from Baffin Island, was a center of the whaling fishery from the 17th century through the early 20th century.

Sparsely inhabited, mainly by Inuit who migrated across the Davis Strait, Greenland has been a source of inspiration for artists due to its remoteness and the extreme Arctic climate; most of the interior is covered by an ice sheet, while the far northern regions are ice-free tundra. In modern times, scientific observation of glacial retreat in Greenland has fueled concerns over global climate change.

Arctic Re-visions: Voyages to Greenland, 1869 & 2012 will run through December 7, 2017.

All exhibitions will be open throughout the 2016-2017 Hartwick College academic year. The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. when the College is in session. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, College holidays, and when the College is not in session.

For more information on the Yager Museum and these exhibitions, visit the museum’s website or Facebook page, call 607-431-4480, or e-mail Kendall at kendalld@hartwick.edu.