Climate Change Exhibitions
A chronology of exhibitions dealing with global warming/ climate change/ anthropocene.
2019 Human Nature
Världskultur Museerna (Museum of World Culture), Gothenburg, Sweden. 8 Feb 2019 - May 2020. Thereafter: Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm.
Conveying messages of major threats, and messages with strong hope. 'Based on objects from the vast collections of the Museums of World Culture, as well as several ongoing scientific projects, the exhibition takes on the most burning question of our time. “It's all connected. How we live our lives is closely related to the state of our earth.” '
Human Nature does not ignore the huge problems we are facing. Mass consumption has created a world that threatens essential and sensitive systems.
-This is not just a dark and sad story, said Lena Stammarnäs, exhibition curator of Human Nature. There's a lot of hope through all the initiatives that are created around the world, and hopefully the visitor will be inspired. As consumer and citizen, you can make a difference – we can all contribute to change through the choices we make.
2019 Weather to Climate - touring exhibition.
First venue: Bell Museum, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA, February 2nd - April 28th 2019
Developed to educate students and families about weather and climate, the exhibition serves as a platform for visitors to easily digest the ever-relevant topic of today - climate change. Through light and approachable methods, visitors will take away important learnings from their experience in hopes of instituting small changes in their every day lives. The Exhibition Includes: Interactive displays, Young meteorologist/news anchor on-camera experience, weather simulations, climate labs, education video games, immersive environment.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, September 28, 2018 to February 24, 2019
’A major contemporary art exhibition’, stunning presentation of photographic prints and high-definition murals by Edward Burtynsky, and film installations by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, ‘Anthropocene explores the effects of human activity on the planet in artworks that are at once subtle and striking.’ ‘Visitors can also immerse themselves in areas undergoing rapid change, thanks to augmented reality installations and visitor-activated films.’ The exhibition is part of The Anthropocene Project.
2018 METIS - “We Know Not What We Can Be”
Barbican, London, 6-9 Sept 2018
part of Season for Change: Inspiring Creative Actions on Climate Change. (Installation)
Following a short talk by an inspiring speaker, visitors were led into : “ the 'factory of the future' – an installation for storytelling, interaction and experimentation that could catapult us towards a transformative future. Working with a host of inspirational experts, among them economists, architects and environmentalists, Zoë Svendsen aim[ed] to initiate conversation, challenge our sense of what is possible, and find ways in which we can all take an active part in determining how we live together. A theatre-maker, dramaturg and Director of METIS, Svendsen develops absorbing, engaging and funny performance projects that highlight contemporary political subjects. “ (from the Metis website)
2018 Under the arctic: digging into permafrost
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), portland oregon. from Fall 2018, touring thereafter.
Dig into what lies beneath the Arctic with the vast and fascinating world of permafrost! Under the Arctic: Digging Into Permafrost transports visitors to the Arctic using the sights and smells of the world’s only permafrost research tunnel, with Ice Age fossils.
Somerset House, London
Five transparent interlinked domes; visitors enter a dome that contains the very pure air of Tautra, the peninsular on the coast of Norway where the project originated. From here they can walk through the installation to experience what the air is like in London, Beijing, São Paulo and New Dehli.
2018 In Human Time
An exhibition in two parts.
ZARIA FORMAN; Whale Bay, Antarctica, No. 4; December 20, 2017–January 15, 2018
PEGGY WEIL; 88 Cores; January 19–February 11, 2018
The Climate Museum's first exhibition, In Human Time, featured installations by Zaria Forman and Peggy Weil, and explored intersections of polar ice, humanity, and time. For more information on the show and its associated events, visit the In Human Time website.
In Human Time was presented in partnership with the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Parson School of Design, the New School.
2017 Climate Change Reimagined: DUBAI 2050
Museum of the Future, Dubai
Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. Photographs by Gary Braasch.
'Gary Braasch's photographic exhibition "Climate Change in Our World" enjoyed an extended run at the Boston Museum of Science from June 22, 2013 through January 2, 2014. Thousands of museum visitors were engaged and educated by the photographs informed by information from scientific research, showing scientists at work collecting data, and locations ranging from the Arctic to Bangladesh and the Great Barrier Reef where climate change is already having an effect. The show's final images are of some of the actions being taken to reduce global warming pollution and limit the effects of climate change. Braasch, winner of the Ansel Adams Award, has been documenting climate change and its solutions since 1999 in his project “World View of Global Warming.” '
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh
'The Anthropocene is the current geological era in which humans are making a profound impact on the geological strata. Geologists are still debating the term, but here at the museum, we are embracing it as a social and cultural tool for exploring the broad sum effect humans are having on the environment.
To put it simply, people are changing the planet. We’ll be exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly truths of the Anthropocene for the next six months with the new exhibition We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene, which opens October 28 at the museum.'
Musée de la Nature du Valais, Sion, Switzerland
"Objectif Terre" is a pioneering exhibition that thematises and makes sensitive the notion of Anthropocene. The immersive, dynamic and colourful staging, conceived by the artist Marie Velardi, integrates perfectly with the messages conveyed. An appropriate form and background that adds originality and attractiveness to this exhibition, and which invites, the time of a visit, to question its way of considering nature.
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington DC.
Exhibition on human population, environmental change, within hall of human origins (controversial due to Koch family sponsorship)
Misleading Interactives, 3D graphs, stats, etc. Global story. No individuals.
Koshland Science Museum, Washington, DC
Human aspects of story are minimal, sanitised
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA
Modern civilization has given the Earth a bit of a fever, and it’ll take more than acetaminophen to break it. Let Bill Nye the "Climate Guy" show you how to cure an over-warm planet, tame monster storms, detox the oceans and keep continental ice sheets where they belong - on continents! Ice is nice...
Focused on younger audience
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Interactive exhibition exploring the problems facing the world’s oceans and some solutions – focused on ocean and ocean life.
Deutsches Museum, Berlin December 5, 2014 to January 31, 2016
Together with the Rachel Carson Center and in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt , the Deutsches Museum is currently planning a major special exhibition on the "Anthropocene“. Coined by the atmospheric chemist and Nobel Prize laureate Paul J. Crutzen, the term describes the idea of a new geological era starting around 1800 and following the Holocene which is shaped by the deep interventions into nature by humans as biological and geological agents.
2014 – 2015 Climate Change in Our World II
Exhibited in Munich and Brussels, 2014, and traveling in Europe, 2015
A new version of Gary Braasch's colour print exhibition "Climate Change in Our World," – art exhibition
Focused on changing landscapes - locations of the photographs include the Arctic, high mountain regions such as the Himalayas and the Alps, Peru, North America, China, Kenya, Australia and Antarctica. Images were updated for the show, including new repeat photography of glaciers in the Andes and Alps. The captions are detailed descriptions connecting the science, effects and solutions to local issues,
2014 - 2015 Nature’s Fury: The science of natural disasters
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Interactives. Tells stories of impacts of Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Evan – considers impacts on communities. Some artefacts from Katrina.
Science Museum, London
2014 - The Jockey Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Exhibition within the Jockey Museum of Climate Change: Climate Change and Its Impact
Theatre piece: The Drama of Climate Change
Science Center, Singapore
8 zones: science focus for most.
zone 2 - ‘impacts’ is about coral reefs
zone 7 - about the ‘eco home’ – green technology
zone 8 - Singapore’s action plan
What will life in Singapore be like with climate change and global warming? Or, anywhere else in the world? This exhibition aims to bring this 21st Century planet-wide challenge to our visitors by relating the science and the experts’ projections of possible local effects.
2014 Climate + Change
International Mountain Museum, Pokhara; Kathmandu early 2014; Pokara 27 Sept 2014-
The exhibition features science and imagery from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and striking photography from David Breashears, GlacierWorks and other Nepali photographers that showcase the rapidly changing Himalayas and highlight solutions being implemented in the region. The exhibition is traveling to Pokhara after it was shown in Kathmandu for five months in early 2014.
2013 - 2014 Carbon 14: Climate is Culture
Cape Farewell and Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
2013 - 2014 Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy
Museum of the City of New York, New York with the International Center of Photography
Emotive, focused on impacts on individuals and their homes, their streets, and neighbourhoods
Presented to mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Rising Waters draws on work submitted by over a thousand photographers, both professional and amateur, who responded to an open call for images in the storm's wake. The juried exhibition features striking before-and-after images of the hurricane's impact on the New York region, including preparations, the storm's destructive effects, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts.
Website lists a phone number to call to ‘share your stories’: 3 minute recording
Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY
Art exhibition – all of the artists have been to places affected by climate change/documented it – all art created in response to experiences (cool segment in article about an artificial diamond created from a polar bear bone – which is more important: the diamond or the polar bear?)
Traveled to Vienna, and has also been shown in New York, London and Chicago
2013 Climate Change Miami
A multiscreen and multiuser exhibit created with the Miami Science Museum
Scientific data, photographs and video; has controllable 4-foot Magic Planet spherical display, four large display monitors, and three independent kiosk stations for visitor interaction. http://ideum.com/creative-services/climate-change-miami-2/
2013 The Drowning Room
By Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley, displayed at EXPO1, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York.
MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Includes some climate change content
Peabody Museum, Yale
Photographs, interactives, local artefacts
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
Not displayed: a ‘Climate Change’ panel in earth science exhibit
e.g. of reluctance of museums across the USA to discuss how human activities are altering the climate:
4-by-2.5-foot panel titled "Climate Change" was supposed to have appeared, providing an explanation of the trapping of Co2 and warming of the atmosphere. It included statements about humans burning fossil fuels contributing to this process. It was dropped from the show.
Museum of the North, University of Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Managed by the Burke Museum, Seattle
23 large-format framed photos [10 sets of photo pairs and 3 singles], 12 labels, 16 framed graphic panels, 5 Arctic indigenous resident quote panels, and a DVD containing the 360-degree Arctic Panorama interactive program, Elders Speak/Portraits of Change presentation, Permafrost and Discovering Past Temperatures animations
2009-2010 Climate Change in Our World
American Association for the Advancement of Science Hq Atrium, Washington DC; November 10, 2009 to April 30, 2010.
Exhibition of large-scale colour photographs available for museums and science centres after extended display in Boston, 2014-2014.
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
“…connects our visitors with the ocean and climate change through engaging live exhibits of compelling animals and interpretive graphics and activities. The exhibition reflects our visitors’ current understanding and relationship to climate change, communicates that there is hope— that people can make a difference by working together and taking action—and identifies specific actions they can take to address climate change”
Using ocean wildlife to stress the impacts of climate change
Australian Museum, Sydney
Then a Climate Change traveling exhibit
Climate change: our future, our choice
Western Australian Museum
Uganda Museum and the British High Commission
Royal Academy of Art, London
“It’s about art, and contemporary artists. The issue – the science – is sitting underneath it. We wanted to create an exhibition that wasn’t literal in any sense. There aren’t any icebergs or polar bears in the show. We wanted it to have an element of looking to the future – hopefulness, as opposed to death, doom and destruction.” There’s a small amount of familiar work there, such as the inclusion of Gormley’s famous “Field” of little fired-clay people (in its Amazonian version). But most of the work is new, or new-ish.
So: it’s a brave move by the RA, and one which will doubtless attract its fair share of criticism for either doom-mongering (strongly denied by Soriano) or political correctness. I’m all in favour. After all the media, scientific and political frenzy surrounding climate change, I’m very happy to let artists provide an alternative view. And just as happy to see both sides of the RA working together at last.
© Hugh Pearman. First published in The Sunday Times, London, 22 November 2009, as “What on Earth is this?”
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Review ‘Apocalypse Now, via diorama’
Photographs alongside a spatial montage of film scenes. “…the climate was a backdrop for the histories of people, of a community, of a life in all its paradoxical intricacies”
2008 Nature Unleashed
Traveling Exhibit, Field Museum, Chicago
To understand how natural phenomena work, interactive displays and animations let you trigger an earthquake, simulate a tsunami, generate a virtual volcano, and stand within the center of a roaring tornado. Images, artifacts, and inspiring survivor stories then bring home the realities of recent disasters by revealing how people adapt to living at risk. So prepare yourself for a memorable and powerful experience as Nature Unleashed immerses you in the forces of geology and weather that have shaped our planet and our lives.
2008 Waters of Tuvalu: Nation at Risk
Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia
“The curators and organizers were members of the Tuvaluan community in Melbourne including Tito Tapungao, Fikau Teponga, and members of the Melbourne chapter of the Tuvaluan expat organization Kaiga Tuvalu. Geographer and environmental activist Rob Gell also contributed. The intended audience was both Tuvaluan immigrants and the Australian public.” - quoted from Peter Rudiak-Gould, in J. Newell, L. Robin and K. Wehner (eds) Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change (Routledge).
2007-2008 Water: H2O = Life
American Museum of Natural History, New York
Includes climate change content.
Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge, Mass.)
2007 Klima X
The Norwegian National Museum of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Oslo
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego (La Jolla, California)
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The exhibition explores the chemistry, properties, and significance of earth’s atmosphere—the invisible envelope that surrounds and affects us all. http://forces.si.edu/atmosphere/index.html
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
The exhibit’s story of the changing Arctic is illustrated by a rich array of objects from the Smithsonian’s collections, supplemented by photographs, video footage, satellite animations, graphic illustrations, and computer interactive exploration stations.
There is a small mention of global warming in the exhibit, but the potential human causes of the melting arctic are not explored.
2003-2004 Forces of Change
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. September 2003 – September 2004
Global Links: a range of programs and exhibitions. Including: El Nino's Powerful Reach, Arctic: A Friend Behaving Strangely, and others.
2002 –2003 Global LinkS
Used the El Nino weather phenomenon to demonstrate the dynamic interrelations among the Earth's 4 components -- the geosphere (land), atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), and biosphere (life) -- and the effects of these components felt around the world.
Highlights included: a multi-screen presentation of ground-based and satellite images, including recent views of Earth taken from space; weekly updates of an El Nino "watch"; ancient Peruvian artifacts that demonstrate the far-reaching cultural effects of El Nino; interactive displays where visitors can explore the work of Smithsonian scientists.
2002 Climate, the Experiment with Planet Earth (“Klima: das Experiment mit dem Planeten Erde”)
A heap of coal and a steam engine, illustrating industrialisation as the root cause of the climate problem, greets the entering visitor. Elevated paths lined with sandbags lead through the exhibition.
The highlight of the final section is a smashed, muddy car that was fished out of a branch of the River Elbe after last summer's devastating floods. A source of carbon dioxide, destroyed in the forces it unleashed with its own emissions? Man's relationship with Earth's climate is an experiment that has got out of hand, the exhibition seems to imply.
The main emphasis of the show is on today's climate as a product of nature, technology and politics. A supercomputer next to a negotiation table brings home the interplay between modern research and international treaties. Mitigation and adaptation - the two ways of limiting climate damage - are encapsulated in a comparison of soil-tillage methods and a model of a flood-warning.
2000 Polar Thaw
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC
30-print exhibit of photographs from locations of Arctic and Antarctic climate warming.
also exhibited at the Science Museum of Minnesota, then Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago - fall 2003
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (June 21-Nov. 1998) and then Smithsonian, Washington, DC (June 21-Sept. 1999).
1997 Understanding the Forecast: Global Warming,
American Museum of Natural History, New York (1992), then moved to Smithsonian (May-August 1997).
Interactive displays. 443,000 visitors. Note about the exhibition at the Smithsonian in the US Climate Action Report 2002.
1992 Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast
American Museum of Natural History, New York
The AMNH held a major temporary exhibit Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast. During its eight-month run attracted over 700,000 visitors and subsequently traveled to many other venues.’ [Mike Novacek] The exhibition received the American Association of Museums Curators Award.
See: Eva Zelig and Stephanie L. Pfirman, ‘Handling a Hot Topic—Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast’ Curator: The Museum Journal 36
Annual and ongoing
The Climate Museum
Director: Miranda Massie
Commentary –- a place for discussion. Artworks in public spaces.
“Rural-Urban: the exhibition” Somerset House, London
Submitted photograph categories: Urban Sprawl, Migration, Infrastructure, Greener Cities, Food Production and Deforestation (photography exhibition – all pieces related to the above themes)
2001-ongoing Cape Farewell
Dana Center, Science Museum, London
David Buckland’s international cultural program