Projects 26: Stuart Klipper: On Antarctica 1989

Feb 1–Mar 19, 1991


Installation view of Projects 26: Stuart Klipper: On Antarctica 1989 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Mali Olatunji

The three-foot-wide color panoramas in this exhibition have been selected from the series On Antarctica, which comprises more than 1,000 pictures made in 1989 under the aegis of the National Science Foundation.

Although Antarctica is perhaps the most unwelcoming place on earth, science now flourishes on the continent. Every day the place becomes less unfamiliar. If Klipper’s photographs testify by their mere existence to this process of assimilation, they nevertheless evoke the unhuman vastness of Antarctica. In the exhibition brochure, curator Peter Galassi writes that the artist’s panoramas present “a landscape that is ravishing in its barren beauty, in its inhospitable grandeur, and in the delicacy of its ever-changing hues. The photographs seem to fuse the epic swoon of romanticism with the impersonal rigor of science.”

Organized by Peter Galassi, curator, Department of Photography.

  • This exhibition is part of The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series.
  • This exhibition is made possible by generous grants from The Bohen Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


    • Projects 26 : Stuart Klipper : The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 1-March 19, 1991 Out of print, 4 pages
    • Master checklist 2 pages
    • Press release 2 pages

    Installation images

    How we identified these works

    In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

    If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].


    If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

    MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

    If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


    This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].