MEDFORD – Perhaps the most insidious aspect of climate change is that it can’t be seen. The effects of poverty, pollution, and pestilence are all too readily apparent. In contrast, the incremental nature of climate change, its global scale, its sweeping duration, render it — for now — invisible.
Except that it isn’t. Climate change can be witnessed, and all too clearly. It’s just that the witnessing is available in one of the remotest and least inhabited regions on the planet, the Arctic. “Seeing Glacial Time: Climate Change in the Arctic” offers work from eight artists who have ventured to the far north and created works that document global warming and/or draw inspiration from the polar landscape. The show, up through May 18 at the Tufts University Art Gallery, has been curated by the gallery’s director, Amy Ingrid Schlegel.