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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 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 http://www.rhfleet.org/events/suds-science

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 Isaac's San Diego Dance Theater

On Saturday, April 15, 2017 SDDT will host matinee and evening performances at Liberty Station Dance Place of Requiem for an Ocean, choreography by Jean Isaac and Ice Maiden, choreography by Meagan Marshall, with original music by San Diego Dance Theater composer Steve Baker.  The dance performances will followed by a discussion with Alexander Gershunov, research meteorologist at SIO. See http://www.sandiegodancetheater.org/

 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.