Asia Society

in collaboration with

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts



March 15 – April 23, 2022
at the REACH at the Kennedy Center

COAL + ICE is a documentary photography exhibition that brings together the work of over 50 photographers and video artists from around the world to visualize the climate crisis – its causes and consequences – as a large-scale immersive experience. COAL + ICE is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and led by Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society.

Asia Society is honored to collaborate with the Kennedy Center to bring COAL + ICE to our nation’s capital for its East Coast premiere, ​​March 15th to April 23rd, 2022. COAL + ICE has been uniquely adapted for the Kennedy Center. 50 projectors illuminate the 30,000-square-foot exhibition space built on the Kennedy Center’s REACH Plaza.

Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts

Programming announced!

Join us for a vibrant six-week festival of climate-related events, including music, theater, panel discussions, art-making and more. Featuring new programs each week, interventions by guest artists will engage local, national, and global communities, and invite audiences of all ages to join the climate conversation and seek new solutions. Events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for some events.

Event Details

View the COAL + ICE Climate Posterator Gallery

The Climate “Posterator” (Poster + Creator) was a globally accessible digital platform for designing original posters in response to the climate crisis created especially for the COAL + ICE exhibition. Users were able to create their own unique designs by pairing images from the COAL + ICE exhibition with text to print or share online. All posters were featured inside the exhibition. Ten designs were awarded a prize of $1,500 each supported by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The climate movement needs your personal take to inspire collective action! Presented in collaboration with Amplifier.

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Don’t miss the COAL + ICE Podcast, a global conversation on how climate change is playing out around the world, and what we can do about it.

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