Edward Burtynsky : OIL

From October 6, 2011 to January 8, 2012

This exhibition has ended.

Photo - Edward Burtynsky : OIL

The McCord Museum will present OIL, an exhibition by renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. This impressive collection of 56 large colour photographs explores the subject of oil, the much maligned natural resource that has defined the world as we know it. The vast landscapes shown in the photographs provide us with rarely seen glimpses of oil production and distribution, oil fields, oil sands, and oil refineries. Burtynsky's lens has also captured the impact that petroleum development has on our lives and its hold on people, cities, land, and the environment. These stunning images carry both a social and ecological message that is at once disturbing and thought-provoking.

Organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and produced with the generous support of the Scotiabank Group.


A talk by Edward Burtynsky
Thursday October 6, 2011 at 6 :30 p.m.

Free admission (space is limited). Presented in English with commentary in French.

Family Sundays : Art and the environment
October 9 to November 13, 2011

How far will we get without oil? What do we really know about it? A look at this important issue... Kid style.

For kids aged 2 to 5 and 6 to 10.
Free admission (space is limited). Presented in English and French.

Film screenings
October 8, 2011 to January 7, 2012


  • The showing of Black Wave scheduled for Friday, November 25th at 3 p.m. has been cancelled.
  • A new showing of Gasland will be presented on Saturday, November 26th at 1 p.m.
  • A new showing of Black Wave will be presented on Saturday, November 26th at 3 p.m.

A film series inspired by and offered in conjunction with the exhibition Edward Burtynsky: Oil.

Free admission (spaces is limited)

Download the program [pdf]

These activities are made possible through the generous support of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.

October 6, 2011, to January 8, 2012

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday : 2 p.m.
Wednesday : 6 p.m.

Logo - Edward Burtynsky : OIL