What is “Coal + Ice”?

“Coal + Ice” originally began as a documentary photography exhibition in Beijing in 2011. Since then, the show, co-curated by photographer Susan Meiselas and exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, has been on display in Shanghai, other parts of China and Paris. Each time, it changes to fit the space it occupies. The iteration coming to San Francisco, however, is the most expansive yet — and the first in the United States. The exhibition itself takes up an entire warehouse on San Francisco’s waterfront at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. There are large-scale photographs and videos of melting ice, Chinese coal miners and victims of climate-change-induced flooding.

But that’s just the beginning.

Along with “Coal + Ice,” the Asia Society, led by Orville Schell, has curated three weeks of events to get the public talking about climate change in accessible ways. The photography show and the events run through Sept. 23.

Full article by Ryan Host in the San Francisco Chronicle.