Picturing the South: 25 Years


Picturing the South: 25 Years


Norco Cumulus Cloud, Shell Oil Refinery, Norco, Louisiana

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Richard Misrach, American, born 1949


1998, printed 2012


Pigmented inkjet print


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Commissioned with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, Lucinda W. Bunnen, and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

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© 1998 Richard Misrach / Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, Pace-MacGill Gallery and Marc Selwyn Fine Arts.


“Norco, twenty-five miles upriver from New Orleans, is the site of a massive Shell Oil refinery. Throughout the day, natural-looking clouds, nicknamed ‘Norco cumulus,’ hover over the site, created by the comingling of moisture and volatile hydrocarbons that originate in the process of refining gasoline, jet fuel, cooking oil, and other products. In 2009 the EPA ranked Louisiana as one of the top ten polluters of air and water in the United States.” —Richard Misrach