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 University 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
Andy Karsner
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


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.


Orville Schell
Executive Producer
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
Laura Chang
Associate Producer
Don Kahler
Audio Visual Engineering Lead
Frank Ortmanns
Audio Visual  Content Lead
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
Michael Laha
Front of House Manager
Tara Nuth Kajtaniak
Education Coordinator
Tamara Rice
Web Developer
Rembrandt Boswijk
Technical Advisor
René Wissink
Rendering Artist
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
Michael Laha
Program Officer
Muyi Xiao
Visual Editor, ChinaFile

Asia Society Northern California

Margaret Conley
Executive Director
Juan Wei
Senior Program Manager —Sustainability
Melissa La Bouff
Program Manager
Alexander Kwok
Office Manager
Matthew Rowett
Senior Program Manager–Innovation

Asia Society Communications, Marketing, and Online

Elaine Merguerian
Director of Communications
Dan Washburn
Director and Chief Content Officer
Michelle FlorCruz
Content Producer
Megan MacMurray
Associate Director of Technology       

Fort Mason

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Exhibition Hours

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Sunday - Thursday: 10AM-5PM
Friday: 10AM-9PM
Saturday: 10AM-6PM
CLOSED: September 12 (1-5pm) September 13 & 20 (all day)