Offsite Exhibition: Petcoke: Tracing Dirty EnergyApr 22 — May 30, 2017

Southeast Chicago, Multiple venues

  • Terry Evans, Petcoke Piles in Southeast Chicago at Koch Industries site along Calumet River. November, 2014
  • Steve Rowell, Midstream at Twilight (video still), 2016
  • Claire Pentecost, A Library of Tears, 2016
  • David Rueter and Marissa Lee Benedict, I Can Only See Shadows (still), 2016

Initially exhibited from Jul 21 — Oct 9, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, this is a second installment of the exhibition takes place in the three venues listed below on the Southeast side of Chicago: 

Featuring works by:

  • Marissa Lee Benedict and David Rueter
  • Rozalinda Borcilӑ
  • Terry Evans
  • Geissler/Sann
  • Brian Holmes
  • Claire Pentecost
  • Steve Rowell
  • Victoria Sambunaris

Petcoke:Tracing Dirty Energy  features MoCP commissioned works by artists 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. In addition to photography, the exhibiting artists use multi-channel video installations, sculptural objects and interactive maps to document and inspire action around the often-overlooked relationship between the growing petcoke industry and climate change. 

This exhibition was created in partnership with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), the Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF), and the Sotheastside Coalition to Ban Petcoke. The exhibition is organized by Natasha Egan, MoCP Executive Director and Karen Irvine, MoCP Deputy Director and Chief Curator.

Additional Information


Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy Extended Resource Guide

Exhibition publication

2016 MoCP Exhibition


Exhibition essay


4/22: Earth Day Opening Celebration

5/22, 6-7 PM: Coal in Illinois: Issues and Actions (Chicago Public Library, South Chicago Branch)

5/27, 1-3 PM: Community bookmaking with Rozalinda Borcila, Indigenous Ecologies Coloring Book and the Chicago People's Library (Chicago Public Library, South Chicago Branch) 

7/22, 10 AM-12 PM: A Walk to Meet the Remediators, with Nance Klehm (Big Marsh Park)


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