Bay Area Art Partners

For its debut in San Francisco, COAL + ICE joined forces with a wide range of arts organizations to concurrently present climate-related exhibitions all across the Bay Area. Culture plays a pivotal role in advancing social change and artists, by creating culture, are able to uniquely address and examine our greatest challenges. Not only do artists raise awareness, they creatively engage to offer solutions and alternatives, guiding our way forward. Complete list of partner programs below.

Urban Agency Works
Courtesy of the artists

Wilson Fung, Biana Lin, and Joshua Park

California College of the Arts

Exhibition TitleEquity on the Edge: Designing Climate Resilience

This exhibition presents research, design proposals and decision-making tools focused on the San Leandro Bay and Deep East Oakland and created for the Resilient by Design, a collaborative design challenge that asked residents, public officials and international experts to create design proposals for a more resilient Bay Area. Projects shown in this exhibition ask how new attitudes towards land–its stability at the edge of the Bay, ownership, and role in wealth creation–might strengthen resilience to climate change by building greater social and racial equity.

Participating Artists: Curated by the Urban Works Agency at the California College of the Arts Architecture Division. It features CCA’s contribution, both in graduate and undergraduate courses at CCA and in UWA’s research and design production, to the All Bay Collective team in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. Janette Kim and Neeraj Bhatia, Directors, served as curators, project designers and instructors. Liz Lessig and Cesar Lopez, Research Fellows. Shahad Alamoudi, Abdul Alfayez, Marwan Barmasood, Georgia Came, Mia Candelaria, Xinyi Chen, Denisse Correa Guerra, Alli Foronda, Wilson Fung, Eric Fura, Francisco Garcia, Jessica Grinaker, Karol Horr, Natthakanya Intharasena, Fathmath Isha, Yoo Bin Jung, Cassady Kenney, Namhi Kwun, Avril Li, Loretta Li, Bianca Lin, Peter Lin, Lori Martinez, Jennifer Pandian, Joshua Park, Adan Rios, Sabrina Schrader, Samuel Sellery, Fuyang Shan, Chang-Tse Sung, Maria Ulloa, Jared Vallair, and Taskin Ege Yener, designers and CCA students. ABC is comprised of AECOM, CMG Landscape Architecture, CCA and UC Berkeley, with David Baker Architects, Silvestrum, Skeo, and Moll de Monchaux. Exhibition design assistance by Daniela Granillo and Jen Tai.

September 4-20, 2018
Opening reception: Thursday, September 6, 6-7:30pm

151 Hubbell St, Hubbell St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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Peng Hsiao-yin, Recycle Project (2016)
Courtesy of the artist

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco 

Exhibition TitleInfinite Cycle

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco in partnership with Bamboo Curtain Studio of Taiwan and WMA of Hong Kong presents Infinite Cycle, an exhibition that convenes diverse artistic voices to address how social-minded arts organizations — and artists as individuals situated within specific geological contexts — leverage civic awareness of environmental issues through art. The group exhibition explores how art practice and institutional model can be incorporated into the cycle of environmental sustainability, and what that translates back to inform and influence the community at large. As an affiliated event of the Global Climate Action Summit, the exhibition is an invitation to join the global creative conversations around the urgency of taking action and demanding change, calling attention to decision-making processes that are dominated by mainstream authorities.

Participating Artists: Stephanie Cheung, Dancecology, Gao Ling, Lee Pei-yu, Cathy Lu, Francis Solano, Weston Teruya, and TRES Art Collective

September 11 – October 21, 2018
Opening Reception: September 11, 6-8pm
Artists TalkSeptember 12, 7-8pm

41 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA 94108

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Photo by Brian Skerry/National Geographic

David Brower Center

Exhibition Title: Art/Act: Youth

In the future, practices and decisions concerning the environment will be made by the youth of today. The chosen body of work for Art/Act: Youth gives insight into what young dynamic minds perceive about the current and future state of our planet. This exhibition underscores the Brower Center’s vision to nurture young environmental artists by fostering a community that supports and inspires their work, with the ultimate goal of empowering the next generation of change makers.

June 7 – September 14, 2018

Exhibition Title: Art/Act: Brian Skerry – SHARKS

This fall, the Brower Center honors National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry with its annual Art/Act award and exhibition. Art/Act: Brian Skerry – SHARKS will present his comprehensive body of photographic work in an immersive exhibition that highlights Skerry’s unique combination of passion, skill, and technique, and explore the importance of these predators to our ecosystem and the dangers they face for survival. SHARKS is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

Participating Artist: Brian Skerry

September 21, 2018 – February 14, 2019

2150 Allston Way, Suite 100, Berkeley, CA 94704

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Amber Eve Imerie
Isolation can insulate or suffocate (2018) Courtesy of the artist

Embark Gallery

Exhibition TitleTaking Temperature

Embark Arts presents artwork that responds to the environmental and political complexities of the climate change crisis. On both a personal and global scale, how have these shifts affected landscapes, cultures, and communities? What are the implications of living in a country whose government actively denies climate science? Themes include extreme weather events, apocalyptic predictions for the future, public land use and regulations, and hope in the form of environmental activism.

Participating Artists: Tashi Wangdhu, Joseph Robertson, Amber Eve Imrie, Alana Rios, HyeYoon Song, Darcy Padilla, Stefanie Sherriff, Eve Werner, Mika Sperling and Noah Greene

September 7 – October 13, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, September 7, 6-9pm

Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Blvd., Building B (3RD FLOOR), Suite 330, San Francisco, CA 94123

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Robert Adams
Along Federal Highway 287 (1977)
Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery

Fraenkel Gallery

Exhibition TitleRobert Adams: 27 Roads

The road has been a central motif in the work of Robert Adams since the beginning of his life as a photographer, and 27 Roads is the first exhibition to focus on this fundamental aspect of his work. Whether concrete highways, quiet cuts through dark forests, paved commercial strips or dusty tracks on a clear-cut mountainside, Adams’ roads serve as thoughtful metaphors for solitude, connection or freedom. The exhibition features photographs from Adams’ most well-known and treasured series dating from 1968 to 2013, including The New West, Denver, Prairie, From the Missouri West, California, Listening to the River, and An Old Forest Road.

Participating Artist: Robert Adams

September 6 – October 20, 2018

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

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Deborah Benioff Friedman
Relicta Mundos
Photo by Lia Roozendaal

GearBox Gallery

Exhibition TitleGearBox Gallery Artists

Deborah Benioff Friedman presents mobiles about abandoned or worn-out planets, “Orbum Mundos” (orphaned worlds), “Relicta Mundos” (abandoned worlds), and “Peregrine”, as well as a wall installation made entirely from used Starbucks cups called “Two-Pump-Mocha-No Whip”.  

TaVee McAllister Lee combines various paper elements into intimate collages of a free nature. Relying on “consumer” papers. i.e. those  that are readily available to most everyone, like magazines, gift-wrap, and wall papers she constructs poetic, non-linear commentary focusing on the relationship between current consumerist demand and a future vision of the ecological consequences.

Participating Artists: Deborah Benioff Friedman and TaVee McAllister Lee

August 30 – October 6, 2018
First Friday Reception: September 7, 6 – 9pm

770 W Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

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Eve Steccati
Courtesy of the artist

Manna Gallery

Exhibition TitleIn The Realm: Eve Steccati / Cabinet of Curiosities: Ron Tanovitz

Eve and Ron are both inspired by the natural world, yet each express that focus in very different ways. Eve says this about her approach: “The inherent transparency of watercolor lends itself to the expression of transience and connectivity in the world around us. The ever-changing, fleeting nature of our environment, whether over the timeframe of a single earthly season, or over the eons, is a theme that is celebrated in my art.”

Ron’s current work is inspired by the mid-sixteenth century European “Cabinets of Curiosities” which were collections of wondrous specimens from the natural world. Tanovitz’s paintings, created in a style reminiscent of antique botanical art, take exotic species on a flight of fancy, creating a new reality that exists only in the artist’s imagination

Participating Artists: Eve Steccati and Ron Tanovitz

August 10-September 15, 2018

473 25th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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Kim Simonsson, Spaceman (2017) Stoneware, nylon fiber
33 1/2 x 12 x 20 3⁄4 inches
Image courtesy Jason Jacques Gallery Photo credit: Robert Cass

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

Exhibition TitleNo Time

No Time builds an imaginary environment inspired by the Moss People sculptures of Finnish artist Kim Simonsson. These sculptures are accompanied by dozens of historical, modern, and contemporary photographs and works of art, drawn from the McEvoy Family Collection and spanning more than 130 years of creative practice. The exhibition offers a playful speculation into our perceptions of nature and our role in its transformation.

Participating Artists: The exhibition will feature work by about 40 artists, including Kim Simonsson, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diane Arbus, Binh Danh, Mitch Epstein, Lee Friedlander, Emmet Gowin, Rodney Graham, Graciela Iturbide, Goshka Macuga, Tony Matelli, Abelardo Morell, Alison Rossiter, David Benjamin Sherry, Mike and Doug Starn, Carleton E. Watkins, Henry Wessel, Jr., Garry Winogrand, and Francesca Woodman.

September 21, 2018 – January 19, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 22

1150 25th St, Building B, San Francisco, CA 94107

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Mercury 20 Gallery

Exhibition TitleHumpty Dumpty

This video installations utilizes trash components as video screens. It is a prayer for the children of sorts. Children are animated into a disturbing and confusing environment in a way that alerts us to the fact that the time is now to do everything in our power to stop human causes of climate change. The piece is poetic and metaphorical. It has sound and fills an entire gallery space.

Participating Artist: PK Frizzell

September 13 – October 20, 2018

475 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612

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Mo KongSee Sun, and Think the Shadow (video still), 11:11m, 2016, 2rd/3 editions

Minnesota Street Project

Exhibition TitleTrace Evidence: A Cross-Cultural Media Exhibition And Panel Discussion On Climate Change

Trace Evidence is an exhibition and a panel discussion at Minnesota Street Project, in which the curators will convene visual artists from China and the U.S. who are considering issues of environmental change focused on China. This exhibition is focused on interrogating the work of art as a platform for cross-cultural conversation about climate change. A public panel discussion will be held during the week of the summit to discuss environmental issues of extraction, the connection between the violence of landuse and peoples, pollution as a tool for modern colonialism and the efforts Chinese and American governments are making to combat climate issues.

Participating Artists: Zhou Tao, Connie Zheng, and Mo Kong

September 8-29, 2018
Panel Discussion and Reception: September 11, 6pm

1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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Antonia Wright, Under the water was sand then rocks miles of rocks then fire (2016) Courtesy of the artist
Youngsuk Suh, Afternoon Dip
Courtesy of the artist

San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries

Exhibition Title10,000 Fahrenheit

Scientists estimate that the surface of the sun is approximately 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, yet the sun has no solid surface, so the temperature is derived from analyzing a spectrum at the outer edge of light bouncing out from the core. The curatorial foundation of the SFAC Galleries exhibition, 10,000 Fahrenheit is built on the poetic nature of trying to define that which does not exist in order to better understand our place in the universe. The exhibited works reference the sun/heat/light but are ultimately rooted in the artists’ desires to capture the intangible: endurance, memory, resilience, the passage of time and personal connections to the universe at large. In turn, the artists bridge dialogues between contemporary art, human desire and scientific discovery.

Participating Artists: Jean-Pierre Aubé, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Lisa K. Blatt, Linda Connor, Chris Duncan, William Lamson, Chris McCaw, Antonia Wright

Exhibition Title: Young Suh: Wildfires

Bay Area photographer Young Suh spent four years working on his photo-based series, Wildfires. Far from documentary shots, Suh’s lush and languid images take the viewer from the comfortable position of being just out of the fire’s path, to standing within feet of the source. The artist exploits these positions of perspective to play on natural human feelings of both compulsion to and fear of nature. This “anxious desire” is the primary focus of his photographs.

Participating Artist: Young Suh

September 14 – November 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 6-8pm

SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness, Ste. 126, San Francisco CA 94102

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Debra Bloomfield, Wilderness #07004-6-10
Courtesy of the artist

SF Camerawork

Exhibition TitleSF Camerawork 2018 Photography Auction Exhibition

This 2 week exhibition of 90 photographs donated for this esteemed nonprofit organization’s 39th Annual Fundraiser Auction.  A fully illustrated catalog of auction items will be available both online and in print in early September. Work from Debra Bloomfield’s Wilderness series is among this year’s offerings. The series is a result of a five- year immersion in Alaska’s remote terrain. Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography Dr. Rebecca A. Senf, comments on the series: “how was it that such minimal images could convey so much, could speak so loudly, and could captivate me so fully.”

Participating ArtistsAnsel Adams, Wesaam Al-Badry, Eugene Atget, Roger Ballen, Debra Bloomfield, John Chiara, Janet Delaney, Chris McCaw, Carleton Watkins, and more

September 8-22, 2018

1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-1605

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Kim Anno
Large format c-print
Courtesy of the artist

Vessel Gallery

Exhibition TitleUtopia: Forecasting Our Future

What would global adherence to environmental preservation look like?  These artists will take us on a journey seeking the idea of utopia. The time is now to collectively chart our course towards environmental preservation and ultimately returning humanity’s reverence for nature.  — Lonnie Lee

Participating Artists: David Burke, Dave Young Kim, Christy Kovacs, Cyrus Tilton, Ron Weil, Kim Anno, & others

September 7 – October 20, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, September 7, 6–9pm coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur
The Future is Female: Women Writing New Worlds on September 15, 6:30–7:30pm

471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Exhibition TitleBay Area Now 8

The eighth edition of YBCA’s signature triennial showcases 25 Bay Area emerging and mid-career artists, from a broad range of media.  For the first time in its history, Bay Area Now also includes architects and designers working at the leading edge of environmental, landscape, and housing design.

Participating Artists:  Sadie Barnette, David Bayus, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Sofía Córdova, Caleb Duarte, Josh Faught, Darell W. Fields, Nicki Green, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Jamil Hellu, Constance Hockaday, Rhonda Holberton, Carrie Hott, Hyphae Design Laboratory, Sahar Khoury, Charlie Leese, modem, NEMESTUDIO, Woody De Othello, Marcela Pardo Ariza, Stamen Design, Taravat Talepasand, Urban Works Agency (UWA), Cate White, Andrew Wilson

September 7, 2018 – March 24, 2019
Opening Night Party: Friday, September 7, 7pm

701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Between 3rd and 4th Streets)

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Oakland Art Murmur 

Oakland Art Murmur OAM,  focuses on promoting the awareness, visibility, understanding, and vibrancy of visual art in Oakland. We strive to increase access to, and participation in, the rich and diverse local visual art experiences for the residents of Oakland, the Greater Bay Area, and visitors to our community. Our aim is to aggregate information and to be a resource concerning Oakland’s visual arts for the public and the broader arts community.

Oakland Art Murmur invites you to join us during the next Saturday Stroll. Saturdays are a great time to visit Oakland galleries, as many of them hold events on this day – artist talks, opening / closing receptions, film screenings, etc.

  1. Determine which neighborhood you want to visit in Oakland.
  2. Visit our Saturday Stroll page for all of your planning tools and use our free and easy-to-download, Self-Guided Walking Tour Map (or the Mural Tour Map).
  3. Put your walking shoes on!

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