Bakken Oil Field exhibit, Rockin' the Bakken, Man Camp Dialogues coming to Opera House Gallery in April

"Fractured: North Dakota's Oil Boom" an exhibit developed by Chicago's Field Museum will be on display at the Opera House Galley April 3-30.

For decades, North Dakota was seen as a fly-over state. But when one of the nation’s largest oil reserves was rediscovered and fracking — a means of extracting oil from shale — came to the Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota, attitudes changed.

One can’t turn on the television or open the morning paper without hearing or seeing a news about the state’s booming oil industry.

In the Fractured exhibit, viewers can follow Chicago-based photographer Terry Evans and journalist Elizabeth Farnsworth’s explorations of the Bakken oil region through photographs, interviews, poetry and accumulated wisdom.

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Terry Evans and Elizabeth Farnsworth, Fellows of the Center for Art+Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in June 2013. The North Dakota tour is made possible through the North Dakota Museum of Art’s Rural Arts Initiative.