Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy

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In a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF), MoCP will mobilize artists' and scholars’ creative visions and talents in response to the environmental and public health impact of petcoke, a dust-like waste product containing carbon, toxic heavy metals, and other dangerous compounds resulting from oil refining processes in the Chicago region and beyond. 

The project involves the commissioning and exhibition of projects from artists to document and inspire action around petcoke and the often-overlooked relationship between that growing industry and climate change. This exhibition will also feature essays by art critic and cultural theorist Brian Holmes and Henry Henderson, Director, Midwest Program, NRDC, as well as a series of learning walks led by artist and activist Rozalinda Borcila.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Photography
  • American
  • Contemporary
  • Political / Satire / Documentary
  • Group show

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