Conversations About Landscape

Intimacies of Time and Place: Reading San Francisco Bay

Thursday, October 23, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free; RSVP required,* email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444, and choose option 5.

Join two landscape scholars whose work reveals the complicated historical and contemporary relationship between humans and San Francisco Bay. Jane Wolff and Matthew Booker document how Bay landscapes affect us, and ways that we adapt and alter Bay shorelines to fit our changing needs and visions—from the construction of skyscrapers, ports, and freeways, to fishing, manufacturing, and (more recently) habitat restoration.

Matthew Booker is a historian and author of Down By the Bay: San Francisco History Between the Tides, which traces the evolution of people who have lived along the Bay, and the ongoing role of nature in shaping history. Booker is an associate professor of history at North Carolina State University and is the Bay Observatory’s 2014 Urban Fellow.

Jane Wolff recently completed Bay Lexicon, an artwork for the Bay Observatory that defines a place-based language for San Francisco’s shoreline; she’s preparing a book manuscript by the same name. Wolff is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and was the Bay Observatory’s 2013 Urban Fellow.

The Conversations About Landscape series is funded by the Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.