Exhibition Events

Opening Reception & Gallery Tour with Richard Misrach
Thursday, September 12
6 pm - 7 pm · Guided tour with Richard Misrach
7 pm - 8:30 pm · Wine Reception

Screening of Gasland II
Presented in partnership with Patagonia and Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter
Wednesday, October 30
7 pm - 9:30 pm (Box office opens at 6:30 pm)  · Free ($10 suggested donation to benefit Sierra Club Bay Chapter) 

This powerful follow-up to the Oscar-nominated film Gasland shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. 

Mapping and its Discontents
Presented in partnership with UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities
Friday, November 1
9:00 am - 6:00 pm • $20 (free for UC Berkeley students and faculty)

What is a map? From lines drawn in clay to geographic information systems (GIS), humans have always constructed an understanding of the world through visual representations of space. At this symposium, mapmakers, users and critics from a number of different fields will examine the ways maps work.

Petrochemical America: Lecture with Richard Misrach
Thursday, November 7
7 pm - 8:30 pm (Box office opens at 6:30 pm)

The Brower Center is excited to offer an opportunity for gallery visitors to delve deeper into the research, process, and innovative techniques behind the exhibition's striking infographics in a special evening with Richard Misrach. Misrach will offer a retrospective of his work, highlighting the dialogue between research and artistic practice, as well as the strategic choices he and Kate Orff made in creating the Petrochemical America body of work.

Late Nite Art: Petrochemical America
Presented in partnership with Late Nite Art and the HUB
Saturday, November 9
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hazel Wolf Gallery
$35 for HUB members or $40-$50 (sliding scale)

LATE NITE ART will be a hyperlocal reflection on the issues Misrach and Orff explore through their work. Through free form collaborative art making, participants from across the Bay Area will dig in and get their hands dirty in issues presented in Petrochemical America Project Room. With the exhibit framing the space, it will be an evening to explore our own relationships with the industrial landscape of the Bay Area and beyond. This evening also includes a delicious three-course vegetarian meal.


California Divestment Forum: Investing in the Era of Climate Change
Presented in partnership with 350.org
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
9:00 am-5:00pm
For information on tickets contact financialforum@350.org

The California Divestment Forum will bring together city government leaders, university representatives and financial professionals for a dialogue on divesting from fossil fuels.  The forum will provide a unique opportunity for profound discourse on risk, return, and reinvestment; in both a general institutional context and in breakout sessions that focus on the implications of divesting, reinvestment, and institutional values exclusively.  Divestment is a growing movement and we must now map out the path forward for responsibly moving institutional assets into more sustainable investments.

Attendees can benefit from creating a network of city staff, university staff and financial advisors who will work together to understand the benefits and challenges of divesting and to map out the next steps. This high-level audience will interface on the components and significance of fossil fuel divestment.  Investment experts will provide empirical arguments and address concerns of institutions considering divestment or simply interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the topic. The format of the event will provide a structure for questions and concerns to drive the content into specific and sophisticated discussion generated by audience participation.

The forum morning session will begin with a lecture on the historical context of divestment; followed by the 200 list through an ESG lens, a panel on divestment data, and a panel on reinvestment.

In the afternoon, participants will have a chance to participate in open sessions on the implications of divesting, reinvestment, and institutional values.

Bright Young Minds Sunday Sessions
Youth Art Workshop
Presented in partnership with Visual Thinking Strategies
January 26, 2014
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hazel Wolf Gallery

Bright Young Minds offers an opportunity for kids ages 8 to 12 to engage with art through an interactive drawing/painting session based on Petrochemical America: Project Room.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) offers an educational curriculum and teaching method which enables students to develop aesthetic and language literacy and critical thinking skills while giving teachers a powerful new technique they can utilize throughout their careers.