Sperry 2, from the series Glacier National Park

Diane Burko, American, born 1945



Archival inkjet print on Canson Edition Etching Rag

Sheet: 40 × 60 in. (101.6 × 152.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Claire and Richard P. Morse 1953 Fund

© Diane Burko



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

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Not on view


Depicting Sperry Glacier, located on Gunsight Mountain in Glacier National Park, this monumental aerial photograph enables the viewer to bear witness to glacial retreat. Focusing our attention on the sun-bathed rocks of the craggy mountain once covered by ice, the looming shadow evokes a sense of peril as the ice melts and the landscape changes at an alarming rate. Connecting scientific data to visual narratives through her artistic practice, Diane Burko’s work renders climate change issues not only visible, but accessible.

From the 2022 exhibition This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Barbara J. MacAdam, former Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art; Thomas H. Price, former Curatorial Assistant; Morgan E. Freeman, former DAMLI Native American Art Fellow; and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

ENGS 7, Climate Change, Mary Albert, Winter 2013

ENVS 7, Ecopsychology, Terry Osborne, Winter 2013

ENVS 80, Writing Our Way Home, Terry Tempest Williams, Spring 2012

GEOG 11, Qualitative Methods and the Research Process in Geography, Jennifer Fluri, Winter 2012

ENVS 7, Ecopsychology, Terry Osborne, Winter 2014

ENGS 7, Climate Change, Mary Albert, Winter 2014

ENVS 7.3, Ecopsychology, Terry Osborne, Winter 2015

ENGS 7.2, Climate Change, Mary Albert, Winter 2015

ENVS 7, Ecopyschology, Terry Osborne, Winter 2019

GEOG 37, Climate for Human Security, Justin Mankin, Summer 2019

Exhibition History

Looking Back at Earth: Contemporary Environmental Photography from the Hood Museum of Art Collection, Friends Gallery and the Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, Hood Mueum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 7-August 26, 2012.

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Luise and Morton Kaish Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–April 19, 2022.


Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sold to present collection, 2012.

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