Richard Misrach
Throughlines by Kate Orff/SCAPE
Petrochemical America: Project Room

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Petrochemical America represents a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and landscape architect Kate Orff. It brings into focus the industrialized landscape of the Mississippi River Corridor that stretches from Baton Rouge to New Orleans—a place that first garnered attention as “Cancer Alley” because of unusually high reports of cancer and other diseases in the area. The Project Room exhibition reveals traces of their collaborative process and features Misrach’s haunting photographs of the region and Orff’s Ecological Atlas, a series of visual narratives, or “throughlines.” The dialogue between photograph and drawing begins to unpack complex economic and ecological forces that have shaped this landscape, mapping cycles of extraction and transformation from the scale of the neighborhood, to the region, to the globe. Ultimately, this joint enterprise offers an expansion of both disciplines and a richly researched and concretely visualized study of the petrochemical industry and American culture, which have become intricately intertwined with its output.



Includes twelve photographs by Richard Misrach, three 96 x 120–inch prints, eight 60 x 76 1/2–inch prints, one 60 x 82–inch print, and fifteen 8 x 10–inch vintage contact prints. The exhibition also includes twenty throughlines and one large map of the Mississippi River by Kate Orff/SCAPE as well as a 59 x 79–inch hanging plexi collage of process materials.


The Huntington News, 2015
The New York Times Green Blog, 2012
East Bay Express, 2012
The New Yorker, 2012

Petrochemical America
Photographs by Richard Misrach
Ecological Atlas by Kate Orff/SCAPE
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
240 pages (plus 24-page insert), 150 four-color images
Spring 2012
Designed by Bob Aufuldish, Aufuldish & Warinner

Participation Fee:
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128.
$7,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

The exhibition is available through 2015.

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