Skip Navigation

Event Calendar

Back to event listing

Paul Shambroom, Strategic Petroleum Reserve Landscapes

Minneapolis artist Shambroom offers large photographic landscapes of U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve sites. Look above the cafe!

This event takes place each day from April 3rd, 2014 to June 1st, 2014.

Date: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Duration: 24 hours

Location: Weitz Center Commons

Contact: Laurel Bradley, Laurel Bradley, Perlman Teaching Museum, x4342

Add to your calendar: This occurrence | All occurrences

The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), created after the 1973 Arab oil embargo, consists of up to 727 million barrels of crude oil in four underground storage facilities along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. The oil is stored below ground in multiple naturally occurring salt caverns.

Artist Paul Shambroom set out to photograph these inconspicuous installations in 2008. SPR sites comprise pipes, some tanks, a few maintenance buildings, equipment and a few personnel. Even though it is completely legal to photograph anything visible from public land and roads, Shambroom engaged in lengthy negotiations with the Department of Energy in order to photograph from outside the sites without hindrance.  

To meet the challenge of photographing a subject that cannot be seen (the oil), the photographer took inspiration from 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings. Capturing the land and water over the storage cavern from distant vantage points, Shambroom presents an ironic vision of peace and prosperity. As the artist writes, “The hundreds of millions of barrels of oil beneath these idyllic landscapes offer a very thin veneer of protection to our economy and way of life.”

 

 

This event occurs on:

  • Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
  • Friday, April 4th, 2014
  • Saturday, April 5th, 2014
  • Sunday, April 6th, 2014
  • Monday, April 7th, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
  • Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
  • Thursday, April 10th, 2014
  • Friday, April 11th, 2014
  • Saturday, April 12th, 2014
  • Sunday, April 13th, 2014
  • Monday, April 14th, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
  • Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
  • Thursday, April 17th, 2014
  • Friday, April 18th, 2014
  • Saturday, April 19th, 2014
  • Sunday, April 20th, 2014
  • Monday, April 21st, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
  • Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
  • Thursday, April 24th, 2014
  • Friday, April 25th, 2014
  • Saturday, April 26th, 2014
  • Sunday, April 27th, 2014
  • Monday, April 28th, 2014
  • Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
  • Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
  • Thursday, May 1st, 2014
  • Friday, May 2nd, 2014
  • Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
  • Sunday, May 4th, 2014
  • Monday, May 5th, 2014
  • Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
  • Thursday, May 8th, 2014
  • Friday, May 9th, 2014
  • Saturday, May 10th, 2014
  • Sunday, May 11th, 2014
  • Monday, May 12th, 2014
  • Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
  • Thursday, May 15th, 2014
  • Friday, May 16th, 2014
  • Saturday, May 17th, 2014
  • Sunday, May 18th, 2014
  • Monday, May 19th, 2014
  • Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
  • Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
  • Friday, May 23rd, 2014
  • Saturday, May 24th, 2014
  • Sunday, May 25th, 2014
  • Monday, May 26th, 2014
  • Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
  • Thursday, May 29th, 2014
  • Friday, May 30th, 2014
  • Saturday, May 31st, 2014
  • Sunday, June 1st, 2014