- Land Arts of the American West
Land Arts of the American West is a studio-based field program that seeks to construct an expanded definition of
land artthrough direct experience connecting the full range of human interventions in the landscape--from pre-contact indigenous to contemporary practice. Our definition of land art includes everything from constructing a road, to taking a walk, building a monument, and leaving a mark in the sand. The program seeks to expand upon connections between typically separate fields. Each fall we spend two months camping while traveling 10,000 miles to engage sites that range from the CLUIcomplex at Wendover, Utah to the pottery culture at Mata Ortiz, Mexico, from earth works like James Turrell’s Roden Craterto archeological sites like Chaco Canyon. We learn from the fact that Donald Juddsurrounded himself with both contemporary sculpture and Navajo rugs; that Chaco Canyonand Roden Craterfunction as celestial instruments; and that the Very Large Arrayis a scientific research center with a powerful aesthetic presence on the land. We spend the semester living and working in the landscape with guest scholars that expand the range of our definition in disciplines including archeology, art history, architecture, ceramics, criticism, writing, design, and studio art. Occupying the land for weeks at a time, living as a nomadic group, students develop skills of perception and analysis unattainable in a standard classroom setting. This direct participation experiencing and shaping the landscape affects how we see and make.
Land Arts of the American West started at the
University of New Mexicoby artist Bill Gilbert in 2000 and has developed as a collaboration between Gilbert and architect Chris Taylor since 2002. From 2002-2008 Land Arts was co-sponsored by the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austinwhere Taylor taught in the interdisciplinary design program of the Department of Art and Art History. In 2008 Taylor began teaching in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech Universitywhere Land Arts will continue to develop in relation to the programming at the University of New Mexico. Operational funding for Land Arts of the American West is provided in part by Lannan Foundationand Andrea Nasher.
The book [http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/taylan.html Land Arts of the American West] documents the history and development of the program and will be published by the
University of Texas Pressin early 2009.
* [http://www.unm.edu/%7Ewgilbert/ Bill Gilbert] , Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico
* [http://arcworkerscombine.com/ Chris Taylor] , College of Architecture, Texas Tech University
Guest Scholars who have participated
* Nick Abdalla, Tori Arpad, Jerry Brody, [http://www.clui.org/ Matt Coolidge] , [http://www.wlfox.net/ William L. Fox] , Hector Gallegos, Mary Lewis Garcia, [http://www.regenesisgroup.com/bios/joel.html Joel Glanzberg] ,
Lucy Lippard, Graciella Martinez, [http://www.finearts.utexas.edu/aah/art_history/faculty/Reynolds.cfm Ann Reynolds] , [http://www.nmwild.org/people Michael Scialdone] , Kathleen Shields, Susan Spring, [http://www.thetrackingproject.org/staff.htm John Stokes] , [http://www.chinati.org/ Marianne Stockebrand] , [http://www.unm.edu/~artdept2/electronic_arts/index.html Mary Tsiongas] , Henry Walt, Blaine Young, Joe Zuni.
* Anaya Springs,
Chaco Canyon, Bisti Badlands, Cebolla Canyon, Very Large Array, The Lightning Field, Bosque del Apache, Sawtooth Mountains, Turkey Creek, [http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/information/cabinetlandia.php Deming] , Otero Mesa, El Vado Lake, Three Rivers, Mount Withington, Wild Rivers, New Mexico; Blue Notch, Lake Powell, Muley Point, Moonhouse, Goblin Valley, Horse Tanks, Horseshoe Canyon, CLUIWendover, Spiral Jetty, Utah; Roden Crater, Fire Point, Grand Canyon, Arizona; Double Negative, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Nevada; Boquillas Canyon, Marfa, Texas; Mata Ortiz, Mexico.
* [http://landarts.org Land Arts Website]
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