Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, January 28, 2018
Bowers Museum 2002 N.Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706 Map and directions

The Bowers Museum, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), is pleased to announce the US debut of "Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley." "Endurance" details the heroic tale of survival by renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27-man crew in their attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica (1914-1917), as captured by noted photographer, Frank Hurley. These stunning and rare photographs reveal one of the greatest photographic records of human survival in history.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the expedition, "Endurance" presents more than 60 newly digitized photos in stunning resolution, revealing previously unseen details of the crew’s 2-year epic struggle for survival after their ship was destroyed by ice. Bowers Museum’s Endurance marks the first time Hurley’s photos will be on display in this resolution and size. The dramatic photographs will be accompanied by platinum prints – one of the oldest, rarest, most refined and stable of all black and white photographic printing processes - along with some of the original navigation tools, excerpts from the crew’s diaries and some of their most treasured possessions.

This exhibit also includes the Alexandra Shackleton, the life-size recreation of Shackleton’s lifeboat the James Caird, which present day adventurer Tim Jarvis used to duplicate Shackleton’s 800-mile journey across the open sea, eventually leading to the rescue of his entire crew, three years after they set sail from England. Immerse yourself in the Antarctic’s icy and forbidding landscape through dramatic photos, personal objects and the ever-present sound of cracking ice, bringing the historic, geographic, and scientific significance of this journey to 21st-century audiences.

"Endurance" will be on view from September 30, 2017 through January 28, 2018. This timely exhibit will open with a lecture by Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton and spokesperson for the exhibition, and feature talks with global experts on climate change and glaciology, leadership, and photography.

Exhibition Info:
September 30 – January 28
Tuesday - Sunday , 10-4

Bowers Museum
2002 N.Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

About the sponsor:
The Bowers Museum has earned an international reputation through its world‐class exhibitions, including "A Quest for Beauty: Van Cleef & Arpels"; "Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy"; "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor"; "Secrets of the Silk Road"; and "Mummies–Death and the Afterlife: Treasures from the British Museum," as well as its own extensive art collections from the Americas and the South Pacific. Additionally, the Bowers’ Kidseum, located one block south of the main museum, offers a high-tech and interactive focus on its new mission of “Igniting Imagination through Exploration” spotlighting the excitement of art and archaeology.