Past Exhibitions

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

Exhibition Through 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.