Facing Fire

Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West


California Museum of Photography

February 22 - August 9, 2020


Winter Opening Reception

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6pm - 8pm



Fire as omen and elemental force, as metaphor and searing personal experience -- these are the subjects explored by the artists of Facing Fire. California's diverse ecologies are fire-prone, fire-adapted, even fire-dependent. In the past two decades, however, West Coast wildfires have exploded in scale and severity. There is a powerful consensus that we have entered a new era. The artists of Facing Fire bring us incendiary work from active fire lines and psychic burn zones. They face fire, sift its aftermath, and struggle with the implications.




Image: Noah Berger, Photographer Justin Sullivan shooting low during the Camp Fire, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.


Thank you to our sponsors: UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the City of Riverside.