Art/Act: Youth

The David Brower Center is pleased to present Art/Act: Youth, an exhibition showcasing work by current Berkeley High School students that examines the intersection of environmentalism and art. In the future, practices and decisions concerning the environment will be made by the youth of today. The chosen body of work...

Polar Obsession

Polar Obsession is a photography exhibition featuring nearly 40 striking images of the world’s polar regions from National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen. The images take visitors underwater and across the ice, delivering a unique close-up of wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic. Polar Obsession is organized and traveled by National Geographic....

Art/Act: The Canary Project

Art/Act: The Canary Project The David Brower Center is pleased to present its eighth annual Art/Act Award & Exhibition honoring the prolific arts initiative The Canary Project. The exhibition presents an overview of The Canary Project’s work and a more in depth look at a current project regarding water issues in...

Common Ground: A Celebration of Our National Parks

To celebrate the centennial of the National Park System, and to highlight the centrality of art in advocacy for the natural world, the David Brower Center asked Bay Area artists to reflect on national parks and what they mean to us. Common Ground features the work of twenty local artists who...

Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012

In its first show of 2016, the David Brower Center presents Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012, a multi-media exhibition tracing the effects of frozen landscapes on artistic imaginations over two hundred years. From the records of early naturalistic voyages to contemporary scientific and stylized representations,...

Art/Act: Edward Burtynsky

Every fall, the David Brower Center presents the Art/Act Award & Exhibition, created to honor established artists who have dedicated a significant part of their careers to making art that inspires environmental advocacy and engagement. In its seventh Art/Act show, the Brower Center recognizes internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky,...

Security Question

Our sense of security holds broad implications for our personal lives and political actions—informing decisions from the mundane to the momentous. In an open call for entry, the Brower Center asked Bay Area artists to offer a 21st century perspective on this complex and incredibly significant concept. The result...

The Speed of Light: Lisa K. Blatt and Christina Seely

The David Brower Center’s first show of 2015 features the work of photographers Lisa K. Blatt and Christina Seely. Their artworks explore the impacts of human civilization through two elements so essential to our existence that we often overlook their importance: light and time. Through beautiful images taken from...

Art/Act: Maya Lin

Every fall, the Brower Center presents the Art/Act Award & Exhibition, created to honor established artists who have dedicated a significant part of their careers to using art’s unique transformative power in the service of activism. In 2014, the Center recognizes internationally acclaimed sculptor, architectural designer, and ardent environmentalist...

Reimagining Progress: Production, consumption, and alternative economies

We face an urgent problem: our current consumption patterns outstrip our planet’s available resources, and yet our society continues to produce massive amounts of cheap, disposable goods. With its complex history as a center of international commerce, radical politics, technological innovation, and cultural experimentation, the Bay Area is uniquely...