On View April 5th, 6th, and 7th, buy tickets on eventbrite.
“Drawn from four years of close observation, documentary artist Valery Lyman exposes the cycles of opportunity and destruction in the Bakken oil shale region. From the oil rigs to the strip clubs, Lyman’s richly textured anthropological account looks unflinchingly at the industry and the American migrant workers at the heart of a global phenomenon. The boomtowns of the past, built on the backs of miners and loggers of the 19th century, give way to the new boomtowns, filled with the technology and big dreams of the 21st century. While the infrastructure of extraction has changed, the themes of optimism, hard labor, risk, and loneliness are a constant over more than 200 years of living the American experience.
The visual and audio collage planned for the Waterworks Museum will provide a unique, historical setting for exploring this subject. Using the raw surfaces of steel, iron, and brick, Lyman’s images will be projected on to the towering 19th century engines and archways of the Museum, accompanied by the sounds and voices of the North Dakota communities embedded in an unforgiving, industrial landscape. This 20-channel installation invites the viewer to wander and explore this world for themselves.”