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 took place inside the 50,000 square foot Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture from September 4-23, and coincided with Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit. COAL+ICE in San Francisco included a three-week climate festival of dance, spoken word, food, family activities, films, educational programming, and creative dialogue that welcomed 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.
Helen and John Meyer
Michael Tilson Thomas
Lead support for COAL + ICE is provided by Crankstart Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Major support is provided by Mountain Philanthropy Partners, Blum Family Foundation, C Team, Edison International, John Andrew McQuown, Parnassus Investments, Jack and Susy Wadsworth, Vanke Foundation, and Anonymous.
Generous support is provided by Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Stephen Silberstein, Global Friends, Greens Restaurant, C. Richard Kramlich, Compton Foundation, Fosun Foundation, Arjun and Diana Divecha and the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, The David Rockefeller Fund, and Wells Fargo.
Additional support is provided by American Institute of Architects, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Pisces Foundation, Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal, Anonymous Fund, Panta Rhea Foundation, Caldera Foundation, Oak Foundation, HOK, UCLA Confucius Institute, and Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University.
In-kind support is provided by Meyer Sound Laboratories, Southwest, and Twilio.
COAL + ICE Exclusive News Media Sponsor: San Francisco Chronicle
COAL + ICE Climate Education Partner: The Climate Reality Project, Bay Area Chapter
COAL + ICE Knowledge Partner: Inkstone
The staff of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Scenic, Rally, Local Tech, Indyvideo, 196 Strategies, McCune Audio Video Lighting, and Chez Panisse.
COAL + ICE Team
Jeroen de Vries,
Exhibition Designer / Co-Curator
Festival Creative Director
Festival Creative Director
Audio Visual Engineering Lead
Audio Visual Content Lead
Community Outreach Lead
Graphic Design Lead
Sustainable Food Consultant
Front of House Manager
Tara Nuth Kajtaniak
Junior Graphic Designer
Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations
Arthur Ross Director
Associate Director, U.S. Programs
Associate Director, China Programs
Visual Editor, ChinaFile
Asia Society Northern California
Senior Program Manager —Sustainability
Melissa La Bouff
Senior Program Manager–Innovation
Asia Society Communications, Marketing, and Online
Director of Communications
Director and Chief Content Officer
Associate Director of Technology