Petrochemical America: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley

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Join the growing regional conversation around of the petrochemical industry at an art exhibition at SPACE, downtown Pittsburgh, from Sept. 27-Oct. 7 from 11 am to 6 pm (Wednesday through Thursday), 11 am to 8 pm (Friday, Saturday) and 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday).

This exhibition was inspired by the book Petrochemical America" by Richard Misrach and Kate Orff (New York: Aperture, 2012), which tells the story of the environmental degradation of the Louisiana landscape and the people who live there. This presentation features drawings from the book by landscape architect Kate Orff and SCAPE Studio alongside photography from the Photographers of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, audio recorded by Public Herald, a selection of documentary films to relate a unique narrative of the people who live in the midst of a growing web of fracking well pads, pipelines, cryogenic plants and, soon, petrochemical plants.

This show is curated by Sophie Riedel in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab.

Those seeking knowledge about the petrochemical industry and the impact it will have on the environment and people’s health will find this exhibit illuminating. Three events are scheduled during the run.

Reservations for the evening events are required. First 75 to arrive get seats. Admission is free.

September 27 – 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Opening Reception with Wilma Subra

October 4 – 3:30 to 6:00 pm, Regional Visioning Session. Elected officials and the public are invited to a conversation to envision a healthier economic future for our region.

October 7 – 5:30 - 8:00 pm, Closing Reception with Gena Wirth of SCAPE Studio.

October 16 – 6:00 pm – Opening Cocktail Reception at Beaver Station Cultural & Events Center with Sandra Steingraber 6. 250 East End Ave. Exhibit Runs in Beaver Oct. 16-20.


These documentary films represent the life cycle of the petrochemical industry – from fracking, pipelines and plastics, to pollution, environmental justice and public health. They tell the stories of citizens and communities across the U.S. and Canada as our region confronts plans for a massive petrochemical industry build-out.

The following films are screened on a rotation throughout the event, with the exception of a Special Screening for each film noted below:

TRIPLE DIVIDE (REDACTED) Pittsburgh Premiere

Directors: Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman

Distributor: Bullfrog Films (2017)

Length: 52 minutes

Special Screening: Thursday, September 28, 5 pm


Directors: Slawomir Grünberg

Distributor: Filmmakers Library (2002)

Length: 53 minutes

Special Screening: Saturday, September 30, 5pm


Directed by: Chanda Chevannes

Distributed by: First Run Features (2010)

Length: 55 minutes

Special Screening: Sunday, October 1, 4 pm


Director: Patrick McGuire

Distributor: Vice (2013)

Length: 31 minutes

Special Screening: Thursday, October 5, 5pm


Director: Ian Connacher

Distributor: Bullfrog Films (2008)

Length: 53 minutes

Special Screening: Friday, October 6, 5pm

Photo: From Pipe to Plastic Bag, Petrochemical America by Richard Misrach and Kate Orff.

More details on Facebook @PetrochemicalAmerica

Clean Air Council, CREATE Lab, Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community, PennFuture and Air Quality Collaborative gratefully acknowledge Aperture Foundation books and exhibitions departments and SCAPE for the rights to reprint the work.

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