Opening Reception: Thinking Like a River

Thursday May 17 2012   6:00 PM
The David Brower Center  2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Environmentalist, mountaineer and visionary David R. Brower changed the way our society thinks about natural places and, consequently, changed the world. In the year he would have been 100, we celebrate his legacy of activism with a special summer exhibition. The exhibit Thinking Like a River: Art, Advocacy, and the Legacy of David Brower, which runs May 17 through August 31, features the exhibit format books pioneered by Brower, who believed that if people could experience natural places through powerful imagery, they would feel a greater sense of responsibility for protecting them. With stunning nature photography from Bill Curtsinger, best known for capturing deep-sea life, and work by Joseph Holmes, celebrated landscape photographer, the exhibition magnifies the enduring power of art as a tool for advocacy.

There will be a wine reception from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and an artists talk with Bill Curtsinger and Kenneth Brower, author of The Wildness Within, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited; RSVP to contact AT or (510) 809-0900 ext. 116.

Kenneth David BrowerKenneth David Brower is the oldest son of the pioneering environmentalist David Brower. His first memories are of the Sierra Nevada and the wild country of the American West. His father drafted him into service as an editor at nineteen, and under that leadership he wrote or edited fourteen volumes in the Exhibit-Format Series of photography books produced by the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth. In his mid-twenties he departed his father’s shop to become a freelance writer, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, The Paris Review, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, Sierra, Islands, and numerous other magazines. He is the author of the books The Starship and the Canoe, Wake of the Whale, A Song for Satawal, Realms of the Sea, The Winemaker’s Marsh, Freeing Keiko, and many more. He lives in Berkeley, California.