September 4 – 23, 2018
COAL + ICE is a documentary photography exhibition and climate festival that made its U.S. premiere in San Francisco in September 2018 to amplify the conversation about climate change. The documentary photography exhibition is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned Dutch exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and features the work of over 40 photographers and video artists from around the world. COAL + ICE visually narrates the consequences triggered by the continued use of fossil fuels, following the trajectory of climate change from the dirty coal mines deep within the Earth, to the vanishing glaciers of the Greater Himalaya. The exhibition culminates in global consequences and an exploration of visionary solutions.
The U.S. premiere of COAL + ICE in San Francisco coincided with California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, and included a three-week climate festival of dance, music, spoken word, food, family activities, films, educational programming, and creative dialogue that invited diverse audiences to participate in a conversation about climate change.
San Francisco Events
W. Eugene Smith
Peter van Agtmael
Kadir van Lohuizen
Major E. O. Wheeler
Contributing Galleries and Archives
British Antarctic Survey
China Features / China Photo Archive
Dutch Photo Museum
Eye Film Museum
Fondazione Sella O.n.l.u.s.
Fonds Henri Storck
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York
Royal Geographical Society
SK Stiftung Kultur
The National Archives
The New York Times
The Solutions Zone
Designed by the Humans of Tomorrow, from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
With photo murals by
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.
Bay Area Environmental Partners
In 2018, COAL + ICE amplified the work of local and national environmental organizations who are year-round focused on combating climate change and engaged in finding solutions, encouraging audience members to join the fight and learn more about taking action on climate through these organizations.
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
COAL + ICE is an immersive documentary photography and video exhibition that seeks to visualize the climate crisis. The exhibition is a project of Asia Society.