Museum of Craft and Design has finally found a new home in the old American Can Company factory on the edge of Dogpatch, San Francisco's latest trendy district. The public opening kicks off tomorrow, Saturday April 6, 2013, with a community celebration of the new museum and inaugural exhibits.
The new location is at 2569 Third Street in San Francisco. For more information, go to sfmcd.org.
At the Cantor: Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s "Cancer Alley"
Like the Western landscapes for which Misrach is best known, these
photographs challenge viewers with environmental, political and social
concerns while engaging them with evocative and lyrically beautiful
large-scale prints. In focusing on the delicate state of the Mississippi
River, Misrach signals not just the environmental challenges facing the
South but also the larger costs of our modern world at the dawn of the
21st century. His photographs are a stark commentary on the
concentration of petrochemical complexes located along this 100-mile
stretch of the Mississippi River.
For the 85 miles between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the haunting
swamplands of the Mississippi River corridor—called America’s wetland
for its biological value to the nation—bump up against the sprawling
refineries and paraphernalia of the petrochemical industry. Industry
leaders call this stretch of the Mississippi, sandwiched between
150-plus oil and gas plants on both sides of its devastated banks,
Chemical Corridor. But locals—who blame the millions of pounds of toxic
chemicals pouring out of industry smokestacks every year for high rates
of miscarriages, cancer, respiratory ailments and other serious
diseases—have another name for it. They call it Cancer Alley.
Looking through Misrach’s lens, the viewer comes to realize that
Cancer Alley’s industrial corridor—which produces almost one-third of
America’s gasoline, plastics and other chemicals—is generating a lethal
combination of pollutants that is quietly deteriorating local
communities and watersheds, leaving behind only cryptic relics of what
was once a richly diversified past.
Hazardous Waste Containment Site, Dow Chemical Corporation, Mississippi River, Plaquemine, Louisiana, negative 1998, print 2012
But his images do more than hint at pollution and death: The
petrochemical industry reveals itself as an omnipresent and brazen
specter through the photographs’ rusted pipelines, mammoth tankers and
tangles of steel, concrete and smokestacks belching noxious fumes and
toxins into the air and water.
The exhibition “Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley”
highlights the severe environmental degradation of the Mississippi
River corridor from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. The show, which includes
19 large-scale color photographs and 14 contact sheets, is on view from
March 27 to June 16, 2013 at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford.