Richard Misrach is the lead guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast. Misrach and landscape architect Kate Orff have collaborated on a new Aperture-published book titled “Petrochemical America,” a remarkable examination of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. Download the show here, subscribe via iTunes, RSS. See more images of art discussed on the program.
In 1998, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta asked Richard Misrach to produce a body of work for their “Picturing the South” series. Misrach decided to focus on “Cancer Alley,” the Mississippi corridor that stretches a hundred and fifty miles between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, a startling landscape where antebellum mansions and current-day communities line the swamps and levees among gargantuan industrial plants that produce a quarter of America’s petrochemicals.
Over a decade later, the Museum asked Misrach to return to Cancer Alley to shoot, and then combined this new work with the original series for an exhibition and book called “Petrochemical America,” published by Aperture.
Click-through for more from Suzanne Shaheen on the exhibit, and for a slideshow featuring more images: http://nyr.kr/QgT2zT