Edward Burtynsky
Oil

Edward Burtynsky: Oil is an examination of one the most important subjects of our time by one of the most respected and recognized contemporary photographers in the world. From 1997 through 2009, Burtynsky traveled internationally to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of this critical fuel. In addition to revealing the rarely seen mechanics of its manufacture, he photographs the effects of oil on our lives, depicting landscapes altered by its extraction from the Earth and by the sprawl generated around its use.

These images tell an epic story of mankind expressed through our discovery, exploitation, and celebration of this vital natural resource.

Edward Burtynsky: Oil is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and made possible with the generous support of the Scotiabank Group.

ScotiaBank Group

Lead Sponsorship provided by the Carol Franc Buck Foundation. Major Sponsorship provided by The Phil and Jennifer Satre Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Additional Support provided by Barrick Gold of North America, Kathie Bartlett, Mark E Pollack Foundation, and Lance and Karyn Tendler.

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  • Educators' Evening: Edward Burtynsky: Oil and Southwest Pottery

    Thursday June 7, 2012 / 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Local educators are invited to a special reception featuring Edward Burtynsky: Oil and Southwest Pottery: From Anasazi to Zuni: Selections from the Brenda and John Blom Collection. Join Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education Colin M. Robertson for an introduction to each of these exciting exhibitions and join us in conversations about the intersections of Art and Environment in both traditional and contemporary art.

    Light refreshments will be served and registered participants will receive materials for use in the classroom based on themes found in the exhibition of Southwestern pottery . Please note, classroom resources will be designed for K-6th grade, though may be adapted for other grades.

    Space is limited and preference is given to Northern Nevada public school teachers. Private and home school educators will be registered as space permits. To register for this program, please contact Claire Munoz at claire.munoz@nevadaart.org with your name, school and grade level.

    Attendance to the reception is FREE for educators, thanks to the generosity of The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

  • Edward Burtynsky: Oil Members’ Premiere

    Friday June 8, 2012 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Members are invited to be the first to view this groundbreaking exhibition of over fifty large-scale photographs by acclaimed photographer Burtynsky. Live music by The Whitney Myer Band. Cash bar available.

    Admission is free for Museum members with valid member card. $5 Kids Open Art Studio

  • hands/ON! Slick Kids: Oil Resists and Altered Landscapes

    Saturday June 9, 2012 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    View the exhibition Edward Burtynsky: Oil then create one-of a kind artwork using oil pastels and watercolors. Additional program details to follow.

    SCHEDULE
    10 am - 4 pm Create your own Oil Resist Drawing
    10 am - 4 pm Play a Steel Drum
    10:30 & 11 am Storytelling in the Gallery
    12 & 2 pm Kick Start Art: Guided Tour—Edward Burtynsky: Oil
    2:30 & 3 pm Storytelling in the Gallery


    FREE

    Support for hands/ON! is provided by the Leonette Foundation, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Western Nevada Supply.
    Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

  • Premiere Lecture: Photographer Edward Burtynsky on Oil

    Saturday June 9, 2012 / 10:30 am – 11:30 am

    Join the Museum in welcoming acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky for the premiere lecture introducing the exhibition Oil. Burtynsky has traveled internationally for fifteen years to chronicle the production, distribution, and consumption of this critical energy source, creating a photographic exploration of the effects of oil on our lives.

    Kids Open Art Studio available. Register now >>

    Exclusive sponsorship of the Premiere Lecture provided by RBC Wealth Management.

  • Stacey Crowley on Nevada’s Energy Future

    Friday June 22, 2012 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Stacey Crowley, Director of the Nevada State Office of Energy, visits the Museum to discuss Nevada’s energy future, strategies, goals, and programs in the context of Edward Burtynsky’s photographs documenting the production, distribution, and consumption of oil.

  • Film: The Big Fix

    Thursday June 28, 2012 / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    On April 22, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history. 205 million gallons of crude oil and 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersant spread into the sea as a result. The Big Fix explores the historical precedents that put the pursuit of profit over all other human and environmental needs.

  • Jerry Walker on the History and Geology of Petroleum Production in Nevada

    Friday July 27, 2012 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Petroleum geologist Jerry Walker has spent his career studying the geology of petroleum production around the world. Learn about the history and geology of petroleum production in Nevada, and the importance of petroleum in the state as a way of understanding more about Edward Burtynsky: Oil.

    The Art Bite Series is made possible in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities.

Edward Burtynsky, Breezewood, Pennsylvania, USA, 2004. Chromogenic color print. Photograph © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York.

Edward Burtynsky, SOCAR Oil Fields #6, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006. Chromogenic color print. Photograph © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York.

Edward Burtynsky, AMARC #5, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2006. Chromogenic color print. Photograph © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York.

Edward Burtynsky, Recycling #2, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2001. Chromogenic color print. Photograph © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Howard Greenberg & Bryce Wolkowitz, New York.

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