In the battle for protection of our seas, Brian Skerry’s camera is his weapon of choice

In his 40-plus years of work as a photojournalist, National Geographic reporter Brian Skerry has captured some of the most magnificent images of the marine biosphere in existence. Skerry has photographed spotted dolphins pirouetting in the Bahamas, 70-ton right whales kissing the sea floor of the Auckland Islands, 10-foot...

National Geographic Sharks Photography Exhibition Opening at Berkeley’s David Brower Center

National Geographic photographer and award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry is bringing the public into his fascinating underwater world with Art/Act: Brian Skerry – SHARKS, a new in-depth exhibition at Berkeley’s David Brower Center. The exhibition will include a collection of large-scale images and videos, and Skerry himself will be at the opening on Friday,...

Berkeley High School students sculpt better future through Art/Act: Youth

The newest generation of teen activists continues to take the world by storm, marching for our lives and speaking out against injustice. Unsurprisingly, the art students of Berkeley High School are partaking in this movement, using their intellect and artistry to produce masterful commentary on a similarly pressing issue:...

Artist Bill Fontana Wants to Open Our Ears

Expectedly — and with afterthought, not a surprise — a phone conversation with sound sculpture artist Bill Fontana is textured with sonic anomalies. “Ping, ping,” warns his Nissan Leaf before San Francisco-based Fontana announces, like a narrator, “I’m driving an electric car. It only makes a sound when it’s...

Annea Lockwood’s Danube Doesn’t Waltz, But It’s Hypnotic

New Zealand composer Annea Lockwood’s shtick is that she’s shtickless. In a roving presentation Thursday night at Berkeley’s David Brower Center, Lockwood offered insights into her process and shared excerpts demonstrating environmental sounds used in three multimedia installations, A Sound Map of the Danube (2001-5), Jitterbug(2006), and Wild Energy (2014). A conversation with composer, producer, and...

Brower Center exhibit showcases legacy of conservationist and North Face cofounder Douglas Tompkins

BERKELEY — Douglas Tompkins, a wealthy former Bay Area entrepreneur and sportsman who renounced the corporate life to dedicate himself to exploration and conservation mostly in South America, is the subject of an exhibit at the David Brower Center from Sept. 24 through Feb. 21. Tompkins, who co-founded the outdoor fashion...

Exhibit Fuses Student Art and Ecology

In Donald Trump’s America, one topic that should be on the forefront of everyone’s minds is the  environment. With Trump withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, bringing coal back, and reducing enforcement of pollution laws, scientists agree that our world is in trouble. In light of our president’s inaction on the...

Exhibition of works by Berkeley High School students is at crossroads of environmentalism and art

Sculptor Moriah Godes explores the impact of man-made materials on ocean life. Painter Alex Spevak illustrates industry’s impact on Arctic animals. Another painter, Héctor Muñoz-Guzmán, looks at the effects of pollution on urban life. The three young artists are part of “Art/Act: Youth,” a multidisciplinary exhibition of works by...

Making Waves at the Brower Center with Marielle Jakobsons

It’s one thing to know that all sounds are vibrations, and it’s another thing entirely to see the physical manifestation of those frequencies. For Marielle V. Jakobsons, transforming waves from sound into water has come to shape her music as both a composer and performer. The David Brower Center and Other...

‘Polar Obsession’ captures icy isolation, lacks polarization of climate change politics

Since 2009, National Geographic has not released an exhibition in the Bay Area, but with the talk around climate change becoming more prevalent, Paul Nicklen brings us his newest project, “Polar Obsession.” “Polar Obsession,” on display now at the David Brower Center, features more than 40 photographs of intimate...