Past Exhibitions

Awakening from the California Dream: An Environmental History (SCP)

Exhibition August 23 - November 2, 2003

This innovative exhibition examines changes in California’s environment over the past 150 years and the way these changes relate to the state’s social history. Based on a five-year project by photographer Robert Dawson and geographer-writer Gray Brechin, it takes visitors through time “from a California of pristine natural beauty, through an era of damage inflicted by mining, agriculture, energy production, and urbanization, to a hoped-for better future through the efforts of groups working to reverse environmental crises.” Awakening From the California Dream: An Environmental History was organized and funded by the California Council for the Humanities (CCH) in concert with the Oakland Museum of California.