SFEI Exhibition Opening Today at Oakland Museum of California

Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay (opening Friday at OMCA)

SFEI is pleased to announce a major new exhibition about the San Francisco Bay. Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay opens at the Oakland Museum of California this Friday, August 30. This multidisciplinary show – drawing on art, history, and natural sciences – explores the stories of how humans have shaped and been shaped by the San Francisco Bay. SFEI partnered in the development of the show over the past two years, with Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger serving as co-curator.

The exhibition draws extensively on SFEI expertise in contaminant science, mapping, indigenous knowledge, and Bay history. Within the museum, visitors will encounter a forty-foot, walkable floor photomap of the Bay produced by the GIS team. A wall-sized animation based on our research will transport visitors centuries into the past by simulating a pre-contact flyover of the Emeryville shellmound and Temescal Creek. Information graphics from the RMP Pulse of the Estuary are featured throughout the show.


Above and Below, opening in conjunction with the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, runs through February 23, 2014.

See CBS story on the Emeryville historical ecology reconstruction.