The COAL + ICE Project was first developed as a documentary photography exhibition for Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing in 2011, and has shown across China and in Paris at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence during COP21. The exhibition is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, and renowned exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries. 

The COAL + ICE U.S. premiere in San Francisco will take place inside the 50,000 square foot Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture from September 4-23, and is scheduled to coincide with California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit. COAL+ICE in San Francisco will include a three-week climate festival of dance, spoken word, food, family activities, films, educational programming, and creative dialogue that invites diverse audiences to participate in a conversation about climate change.

COAL + ICE is a project of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, in collaboration with Asia Society Northern California.

Orville Schell  |  Executive Producer

Orville Schell  is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a  former professor and Dean at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of fifteen books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent book is Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century.  He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The China Quarterly, and The New York Review of Books, among others.

Susan Meiselas  |  Co-Curator

Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976. She is the author of Carnival Strippers and Nicaragua:  June 1978-July 1979; and editor of Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, El Salvador: Work of 30 Photographers and Encounters with the Dani. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America, which were published widely throughout the world. Meiselas has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Her work is included in American and international collections.

Jeroen de Vries  |
Exhibition Designer / Co-Curator

Jeroen de Vries lives and works in Amsterdam and Belgrade. He works as a freelance designer, curator and teacher.  In the 70s, De Vries made use of photography for political posters against the war in Vietnam and for the Polish trade union and movement Solidarnosc. In the 80s and 90s he created various photo exhibitions with social-historical and political subjects in major Dutch museums. Currently, De Vries experiments with the spatial representation of photography combining prints with audio visual projections on an international scale.

Advisory Board

Joel Coen
Diana Cohn
Noah Cowan
Will Durst
Deirdre English
Nancy Hechinger
Gary Hirshberg
David Hochschild
Alonzo King
Frances McDormand
Nion McEvoy
Helen and John Meyer
Stephen Silberstein
Nancy Stephens
Amy Tan
Michael Tilson Thomas
Laura Tyson
Wang Shi
Glynn Washington
Alice Waters

The Photographers

Bernd and Hilla Becher
Daniel Beltrá
Matt Black
David Breashears
Robert Capa
Jimmy Chin
Alfredo D’Amato
Bruce Davidson
Cameron Davidson
John Davies
Anna Filipova
Stuart Franklin
Josh Haner
Geng Yunsheng
Lewis Hine
Thomas Hoepker
David Hurn
Joris Ivens
Nico Jesse
Gleb Kosorukov
Dolf Kruger

George Mallory
Gideon Mendel
Niu Guozheng
Clifford Ross
Vittorio Sella
David Seymour
W. Eugene Smith
Nichole Sobecki
Henri Storck
Song Chao
Ian Teh
Peter van Agtmael
Kadir van Lohuizen
Robert Wallis
Wang Mianli
Witho Worms
Major E. O. Wheeler
Wu Qi
Yang Junpo
Yu Haibo

Represented Photo Collectives, Galleries, and Organizations 

Magnum Photos
Panos Pictures
Fondazione Sella O.n.l.u.s.
The Royal Geographical Society
Fonds Henri Storck
The National Archives
Eye Film Museum
SK Stiftung Kultur
British Antarctic Survey
Tamasa Distribution
Collection of the Dutch Photo Museum
China Features / China Photo Archive
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York
The New York Times
Decaneas Archive



Lead support for COAL + ICE is provided by Crankstart Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Major support is provided by Emerson Collective, Mountain Philanthropy Partners, Blum Family Gift Fund, C Team, and Parnassus Investments.

Generous support is provided by Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Stephen Silberstein, American Institute of Architects, Global Friends, C. Richard Kramlich, Jack and Susy Wadsworth, Compton Foundation, and Fosun Foundation.   

Additional support is provided by Arjun & Diana Divecha and the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, The David Rockefeller Fund, Wells Fargo, Shelby & Frederick Gans, Pisces Foundation, Nancy Stephens & Rick Rosenthal, Anonymous Fund, Panta Rhea Foundation, Caldera Foundation, and HOK.


Jeroen de Vries,
Exhibition Designer / Co-Curator

Susan Meiselas,

Leah Thompson,

Tom Corwin,
Festival Creative Director

Marlene Saritzky,
Festival Creative Director

Chris Hammer,
Technical Director

Frank Ortmanns,
Audio Visual  Editor

Jillian Schultz,
Community Outreach Lead

Noopur Agarwal,
Graphic Design Lead

Zoe Westbrook,
Event Manager



Varun Mehra.
Sustainable Food Consultant

Mark Glynne,
Soundtrack Designer

Jonathan Deans,
Sound Designer

Jim French,
Lighting Designer

Tara Nuth Kajtaniak,
Education Coordinator

Tara Nuth Kajtaniak,
Education Coordinator

Tamara Rice,
Web Developer

Rembrandt Boswijk,
Technical Advisor

San Trieu
Junior Graphic Designer

Asia Society
Center on
U.S.-China Relations

Orville Schell,
Arthur Ross Director

Laura Chang,
Associate Director, U.S. Programs

Ouyang Bin,
Associate Director, China Programs

Sara Segal-Williams,
Assistant Director

Muyi Xiao,
Visual Editor, ChinaFile

Michael Laha,
Program Officer

Asia Society
Northern California

Margaret Conley,
Executive Director

Juan Wei,
Senior Program Manager – Sustainability

Melissa La Bouff,
Program Manager

Alexander Kwok,
Development Operations Associate

Fort Mason

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