Coal + Ice
Climate change took center stage in San Francisco last September, with Gov. Brown's Global Climate Action Summit, the Rise for Climate March in SF and thousands of affiliate events.

We particularly enjoyed Coal + Ice, an amazing multimedia installation and festival of events at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco.

Co-curated by Susan Meiselas and Jeroen de Vries, this large-scale exhibition featured the work of over 40 photographers and video artists, such as Gideon Mendel and Clifford Ross, showing the dramatic impact of global warming on our lives. A more hopeful Solutions Zone displayed interactive exhibits about solving climate change, created by our friend Nancy Hechinger and her NYU students.

This amazing space was also used to host a wide range of events, including seminars, panels, symphony and opera. One event was an fascinating talk about Art, Activism, Activation on Wed. Sep. 5th, featuring conversations with artists and activists from #Dysturb, Magnum Foundation, and CultureStrike, discussing how art and culture can engage people to take climate action by reaching their hearts, not just their minds. Another stimulating talk was the Long Conversation on Sun. Sep. 9, featuring some really interesting speakers, such as Stewart Brand, Orville H. Schell, Peter Schwartz, Alexander Rose, Paul Hawken and many more leaders from the arts and sciences, discussing what our world may look like thousands of years from now.

Together, these exhibits and events offered a stunning call for climate action, aiming to "amplify the conversation about climate change and explore visionary solutions.” This visionary production is a project of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, in collaboration with Asia Society Northern California. Learn more at
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