The Art of Arctic Exploration, Oct. 3

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.)  — Kevin J. Avery presents “Sea of Ice: The Art of Arctic Exploration” in the second lecture of the Old Dartmouth Lyceum at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater with a reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Tickets: $15 (non-members, $20). Call (508) 997-0046, ext. 100 for reservations.

Professor Avery will examine the history of Arctic exploration in painting and illustration, with special reference to nineteenth century artists and illustrators leading up to Frederic Church and New Bedford’s William Bradford. Among the artists illuminated are the Dutch Golden Age painter Abraham Hondius; Britons William Hodges, Samuel Cress­well, Edwin Landseer, and others. Sources in western imagery are compared with these vi­sualizations of the Arctic landscape, considered otherworldly even today.

Kevin J. Avery, PhD is a senior research scholar and a former associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and adjunct professor, Hunter College, City University of New York.

“Sea of Ice” is the second program in the series by national and international experts on the history of Arctic exploration and its influence on art and popular culture, focusing on the museum’s exhibition “Arctic Visions: ‘Away then Floats the Ice-Island.”

Upcoming: October 24: Douglas Wamsley presents “William Bradford's 1869 Expedition, in Context with Arctic Travels of the Nineteenth Century”; November 14: Kenn Harper presents “Inuit and Whaling in the Bradford Era.”

Established in 1828, the Old Dartmouth Lyceum is the region’s old­est public forum for “the advancement of popular education” and is sponsored by Nye Lubricants and Bruce and Karen Wilburn. Tweet hashtag: #ODLyceum2013

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling, and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown and is open daily. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit the Whaling Museum online at

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