How will we know it’s us without our past?

John Steinbeck   Grapes of Wrath

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science

La Jolla Historical Society February 11 - May 21, 2017

San Diego Central Library Gallery June 10 - September 3, 2017

Weather on Steroids: the Art of Climate Change Science explores the question of consequences, challenges, and opportunities that arise from the changing climate on our planet. The exhibition merges the artistic and scientific to create a visual dialogue about the vexing problem of climate change, explores how weather variability affects the day-to-day life of local communities, and investigates Southern California vulnerability to climate change. It draws on the region’s scientific expertise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose La Jolla-based investigators are at the forefront of climate research, reflecting on humanity’s role in our changing environment, and envisioning new possibilities for a sustainable future. Science serves as the inspiration for the creative responses from visual artists, who merge subjective images with empirical observation to reveal how climate variations upset the planet’s balance with extreme weather impacts.  By illuminating the reality of climate change, Weather on Steroids aspires to proactively stimulate public dialogue about one of the most important issues of our time.

Participating artists include Tiersa Cosaert, Judit Hersko, Cheryl E. Leonard, Dana Montlack, Lilleane Peebles, Oscar Romo, M. Luna Rossel, Eva Struble, Paul Turounet, Ruth Wallen, and Allison Wiese. 

Contributing scientists include Michel Boudrias, Michael Dettinger, Alexander Gershunov, Kristen Guiguis, Ralph Keeling, Manfredi Manizza, Art Miller, Walter Munk, David Pierce, Richard Somerville, and Shang-Ping Xie.  

Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko with Science Consultant Alexander Gershunov.

Major support for this exhibition provided by Climate Education Partners (CEP), which is funded by the National Science Foundation, and by the Reuben H. Fleet Foundation, Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, Donald G. Yeckel, Chairman. Additional support provided by IS Architecture, the Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation, the Florence Riford Fund of the San Diego Foundation, Walter and Mary Munk, Jeffrey and Joy Kirsch, and ArtWorks San Diego.

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Public programs

Fleet Science Center  | Suds & Science

Join us on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Stone Liberty Station for a science café focusing on climate change and its effect on food security.  Discussants include Alexander Gershunov, research meteorologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Art Miller, researcher for climate, atmospheric science and physical oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Dr. Jennifer Burney, Principal Investigator of the Burney Research Group at UC San Diego; and Lynn Waterhouse, researcher at the Semmens Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  This special Suds & Science edition is in partnership with the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. See

Birch Aquarium | Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series

This panel discussion will be on Monday, April 10, 2017 starting at 7:00pm at Birch Aquarium with Weather on Steroids artists Luna Rossel, Oscar Romo, and Dana Montlack; and scientists Richard Somerville, Alexander Gershunov, and Manfredi Manizza; moderated by curator Tatiana Sizonenko.

Fleet Science Center | Sustainability Festival

On Saturday, April 15, 2017 artist Ruth Wallen and scientist Richard Somerville will make a joint presentation at the Fleet in Balboa Park between 10:00am and 12:00noon.  The Festival includes public forums on a range of sustainability issues, including energy resources, drought mitigation, farming techniques, and healthy food practices.

Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater

On Saturday, April 15, 2017 SDDT will host an evening performance of Enthalpy of Fusion featuring Anna Katharina Scheidegger. The topic is the climate changing. The performance contains live acts and screenings and focuses on the sublime of nature, the destruction by man, death, the emergence of spirits and souls and ends with a hope for a new beginning. The performance involves creating a human body made of ice which melts over the course of the evening.  Audience talk-back following the performance facilitated by Research Meteorologist Alexander Gershunov of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

 On Sunday, April 23, 2017 SDDT will host an evening performance of Requiem for an Ocean, choreography by Jean Isaacs.  An evening of climate change dance, embodied by the professional dance company of San Diego Dance Theater. Bodies become waves, as the temperature of the ocean warms to the point of near extinction, set to original sound score by composer Steve Baker. Actress Meagan Marshall contributes a lighter touch to the evening. Audience talk-back following the performance facilitated by Research Oceanographer Art Miller of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Performances at White Box Live Arts, 2590 Truxton Road, Liberty Station 


Vanguard Culture | Climate Change: an Artist, a Scientist, and a Poet

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, a fun evening that starts with cocktails and appetizers before poetry readings by Scott T. Starbuck from his books Industrial Oz: Ecopoems and Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems.  Then a conversation with artist Allisen Wiese and scientist Michel Boudrias.  Vanguard Culture’s Café at Park6, Fir Street and Sixth Avenue, downtown San Diego.


The Museum of Making Music | Public Programs with Cheryl Leonard

The Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

 Sounds from the Sea: An Instrument Building Workshop

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Music in Our Natural World: A Concert and Conversation

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Belle Baranceanu: the La Jolla Murals

June 10 - September 3, 2017

A recent acquisition to the La Jolla Historical Society’s archival collection, a cartoon of preliminary drawings used by Belle Baranceanu to create the Seven Arts mural at La Jolla High School in 1939-40 under a New Deal commission.  The mural, done in fresco, was lost when the building was demolished in 1975. The full-scale cartoon consists of nine panels and various fragments done in wax pencil on brown paper.  The cartoon panels are the fullest and most expressive surviving representation of the lost mural by the hand of the artist.  Some of the original panels will be exhibited and the remainder presented in a scaled photographic format.  The presentation will include related paintings, sketches, and photographs as well as information about the conservation of the cartoon.  The exhibition will also present material related to the 1935 Scenic View of the Village, Baranceanu’s mural that survives in situ at the La Jolla Post Office.  Curated by Jennifer P. Hernandez, Ph.D. 

Major support for this exhibition was provided by Sandy and Dave Erickson with additional support from Bram and Sandy Dijkstra, Joseph and Linda Marrone, Seonaid McArthur and Barry Bielinski, Gillian Peoples and Steve Younes, Margie Warner and John H. Warner Jr., ArtWorks San Diego, and the David C. Copley Foundation.

Special thanks to John W. and Kathleen Howard for their donation of the Seven Arts mural cartoon to the La Jolla Historical Society.