Land Arts camp at Cabinetlandia, east of Deming, New Mexico, 14 October 2009.

Land Arts 2009 Exhibition

There is no “I” in Land Arts. Thriving in the desert requires community. 

Texas Tech University College of Architecture and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) announce Land Arts 2009 Exhibition. An opening reception will take place from 6-9 p.m. February 12 at the new LHUCA Warehouses at 1001 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, Texas.

The exhibition culminates Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, a semester-long interdisciplinary field program in the College of Architecture that expands the definition of land art through direct experience of the complex social and ecological processes that shape contemporary landscapes. These forces include everything from geomorphology to human construction, and cigarette butts to hydroelectric dams.

The Land Arts 2009 Exhibition will continue through March 7 and features the work of Adrianna Alter, Sean Cox, Jason Fancher, Meredith James, Adrian Larriva, Kyle Robertson, Jose Villanueva, and Stephen Wollkind. Work was made while camping in the landscape of the American West for 56 nights traveling 7,000 miles during the fall of 2009 with Chris Taylor and Brice Harris. The itinerary included: White Sands, Chaco Canyon, north rim of the Grand Canyon, Goshute Canyon, Double Negative, Sun Tunnels, Spiral Jetty, Center for Land Use Interpretation Wendover, Muley Point, Plains of San Agustin, The Lightning Field, Very Large Array, Gila Wilderness, Chiricahua Mountains, Cabinetlandia, Marfa, Presidio, and concluded with a symposium at the Land Heritage Institute in San Antonio.

The exhibition will launch with an opening reception on Friday, 12 February 2010 from 6 – 9 pm. There will be a closing reception in conjunction with the First Friday Art Trail on Friday, 5 March 2010 from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing by appointment and on Saturdays from noon to 5pm. To set up an appointment contact Chris Taylor by phone at 806-392-6147 or by email at chris.taylor@ttu.edu.

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About Land Arts
Land Arts was founded in 2000 at the University of New Mexico by Bill Gilbert with the assistance of John Wenger. From 2001 to 2007 the program developed as a collaboration co-directed by artist Bill Gilbert and architect Chris Taylor, then at the University of Texas at Austin. During this time Land Arts established a momentum of inquiry and production that has been the subject of many exhibitions and publications.

In 2007 Taylor extended the reach of Land Arts to Chile by leading an interdisciplinary conference in Santiago and a field expedition through the Atacama Desert. The enterprise is documented in the book Incubo Atacama Lab with texts in Spanish and English including a preface by Incubo, introductory essay by Taylor, excerpted field notes by writer William L. Fox, and essays from archeologist Flora Vilches, art historian Gonzalo Pedraza, architect Rodrigo Perez de Arce, geographer Pilar Cereceda, and glaciologist Andres Rivera. It is fully illustrated with photography by Jorge Brantmayer, Blake Gordon, Barbara Palomino, and Chris Taylor.

2008 marked a programmatic expansion for Land Arts with the arrival of Chris Taylor in Lubbock to join the faculty of Texas Tech’s College of Architecture. The Llano Estacado and the College of Architecture provide an ideal laboratory base for the program’s interdisciplinary work. Land Arts now operates autonomously at the University of New Mexico and Texas Tech. The 2009 Lubbock field crew was composed of architecture students and one post graduate from Yale (Meredith James, MFA Sculpture). Future years will include broader interdisciplinary involvement from students across the Texas Tech community in addition to participants from outside the university. The 2009 field season was made possible with generous operational support from Andrea Nasher.

In early 2009 the Nevada Museum of Art announced the creation of the new Center for Art + Environment and the acquisition of the archive of Land Arts of the American West. This collection will include artifacts from the development and creation of the program and a commitment to acquire ongoing Land Arts materials.

In 2009 the University of Texas Press published Land Arts of the American West, which recounts the history of collaboration between Bill Gilbert and Chris Taylor as they developed Land Arts. The book is organized around places they visit during field seasons each fall, which come alive through color photographs and descriptive information about natural and human history; first-person experiences from student journal entries; essays by William L. Fox, Ann Reynolds, J.J. Brody, and Lucy Lippard; and interviews with Matthew Coolidge, Mary Lewis Garcia, Graciela Martinez de Gallegos and Hector Gallegos. Woven throughout is a conversation between Taylor, Gilbert, and Fox, about the program’s origins, pedagogic mission, field operations, guests, and future directions. 

About the College of Architecture
The College of Architecture at Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock where architectural education has been offered since 1927. The college includes 850 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and 50 faculty members. Graduate certificate programs are offered in Historic Preservation, Visualization, Community Design, Rural Health Care Design, and Digital Design Fabrication, as well as an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design. To extend the academic offerings on campus every forth year student participates in directed summer study abroad offerings in places such as Berlin, Granada, Paris, Seville, and Verona. The introduction of Land Arts within the college offers tremendous opportunities to expand field study and connect teaching and research more directly to the landscapes we inhabit.

About the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
The mission of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts is to inspire and enrich our community by being a catalyst for the arts. Celebrating ten years of serving our community, LHUCA is proud to announce this fabulous addition of the Warehouses on Mac Davis Lane as part of the LHUCA Campus. Our campus, located on a two city block area of downtown Lubbock, is the heart of the cultural district. The campus includes the FireHouse Building with a state-of-the-art theatre and four exhibition galleries, the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio, and the IceHouse that provides rehearsal, event and gallery spaces. The Graffiti Building, equipped with a classroom and teaching gallery space, will open in April of this year. The newly acquired Warehouses will provide alternative exhibition and studio spaces for creative works that reach beyond the traditional gallery presentation. Land Arts 2009 Exhibition will demonstrate the flexible use of this space and serve as a magnet for the cultural growth and educational dialog between creator and viewer. The Board of Trustees and staff of LHUCA invite you to join us in celebrating the redevelopment and renovation of the cultural heart of Lubbock.

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If you would like more information about Land Arts or to schedule an interview with Chris Taylor contact him by phone at 806-392-6147 or by email at chris.taylor@ttu.edu“. Additional information about the College of Architecture can be found by contacting Jess Schwintz at 806-742-3169, ext. 247 or visiting http://arch.ttu.edu, and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts by visiting http://lhuca.org.

2009 Field Season

Information about the 2011 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2009

Itinerary

Journey 1
Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico
Chaco Caynon, New Mexico
Fire Point, Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona
Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada
Goshute Canyon, Nevada
Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah
Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah
Wendover – CLUI, Utah
Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Madrid, New Mexico

Journey 2
Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico
The Lightning Field, near Quemado, New Mexico
Very Large Array, near Datil, New Mexico
Mimbres River, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico
Gila Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico
Marfa, Texas
Presidio, Texas
Land Heritage Institute, San Antonio, Texas
Lubbock, Texas

Participants

Adrianna Alter
Sean Cox
Jason Fancher
Meredith James
Adrian Larriva
Kyle Robertson
Jose Villanueva
Stephen Wollkind

Brice Harris (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Steve Badgett
Penelope Boyer
Matt Coolidge
Rick Dingus
Boyd Elder
Clifton Ellis
Upe Flueckiger
Bill Fox
David Gregor
Joan Jonas
Erik Knutzen
Lucy Lippard
Susannah Mira
Ann Reynolds
Jack Sanders
Chris Snowden
Simone Swan

2006 Field Season

Itinerary

Anaya Springs, NM
Chaco Canyon, NM
Tipover Canyon, AZ
CLUI—Wendover, UT
Bingham Pit, UT
Spiral Jetty, UT
San Rafael Swell, UT
Muley Point, UT
Moon House, UT
Cebolla Canyon, NM
The Lightning Field, NM
Very Large Array, NM
Sawtooth Mountains, NM
Turkey Springs, NM
Deming, NM
Juan Mata Ortiz, MX
Otero Mesa, NM

Exhibitions:
John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM,
and Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.

Participants

Jarrod Beck
Cynthia Brinich-Langlois
Christine Casaus
Nichole E. Danti
Chappell Ellison
Sean Lopano
Alexandra Lopez
Jimmy Luu
George Morrow
Joseph Mougel
Tanisa Sharif
Andrew Towl
Jennifer DePaolo Van Horn
Emmalee Young

Bill Gilbert (Program Co-Director)
Chris Taylor (Program Co-Director)

Field Guests

Jerry Brody
Matt Coolidge
William L. Fox
Graciela Martinez and Hector Gallegos
Joel Glanzberg
Erika Osborne
Michael Scialdone
John Stokes

A Random Image

2005 Field Season

Itinerary

Anaya Springs, NM
Chaco Canyon, NM
Tipover Canyon, AZ
CLUI—Wendover, UT
Sun Tunnels, UT
Spiral Jetty, UT
Blue Notch, UT
Muley Point, UT
Moon House, UT
Cebolla Canyon, NM
The Lightning Field, NM
Very Large Array, NM
Sawtooth Mountains, NM
Turkey Springs, NM
Marfa, TX
Otero Mesa, NM
Juan Mata Ortiz, MX

Exhibitions:
John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM.

Participants

Rory Coyne
Jess Dunn
Buck Dyke
Jennifer Garlick
Jesse Jones
Claire Long
Jonathan Loth
Nicolas Pena
Gabe Romero
Kyrsten Sanderson
Meredith Scott
Michaela Sorenson

Bill Gilbert (Program Co-Director)
Chris Taylor (Program Co-Director)
Erika Osborne (Program Assistant)

Field Guests

Jerry Brody
Matt Coolidge
William L. Fox
Graciela Martinez and Hector Gallegos
Joel Glanzberg
Ann Reynolds
Michael Scialdone
Mary Tsiongas

2004 Field Season

Itinerary

Chaco Canyon, NM
Roden Crater, AZ
Tipover Canyon, AZ
CLUI—Wendover, UT
Sun Tunnels, UT
Spiral Jetty, UT
Blue Notch, UT
Muley Point, UT
Moon House, UT
Cebolla Canyon, NM
Very Large Array, NM
The Lightning Field, NM
Juan Mata Ortiz, MX
Marfa, TX

Exhibitions:
John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM,
and Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.

Participants

Julie Brown
Alexandra Codlin
Grant Davis
Nina Dubois
Veronica Giavedoni
Mark Hensel
Carissa Leos
Jonathan Loth
Erika Osborne
Tracy Stuckey
Beatrice Thomas
Ben Tremper
Michael Wachs
Mariah Williamson

Bill Gilbert (Program Co-Director)
Chris Taylor (Program Co-Director)

Field Guests

Jerry Brody
Matt Coolidge
William L. Fox
Graciela Martinez and Hector Gallegos
Andrea Nasher
Ann Reynolds
Kathleen Shields
Marianne Stockebrand
Mary Tsiongas

2003 Field Season

Itinerary

El Vado Lake, NM
Chaco Canyon, NM
Roden Crater, AZ
Hoover Dam, NV
Lake Mead, NM
Double Negative, NV
CLUI—Wendover, UT
Spiral Jetty, UT
Blue Notch, UT
Muley Point, UT
Moon House, UT
Boquillas Canyon, TX
Marfa, TX
Juan Mata Ortiz, MX
Cebolla Canyon, NM
Very Large Array, NM
The Lightening Field, NM

Exhibitions:
John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, and Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.

Participants

Katherine Bash
Karessa Bowens
Ledia Carroll
Kate Crowe
Malia Davis
Amanda Douberley
Zach Griffith
Gloria Haag
Ryan Henel
Heather Houston
Mary Nakigan
Erika Osborne
Xochitl Paredes
Gabe Romero

Bill Gilbert (Program Co-Director)
Chris Taylor (Program Co-Director)

Field Guests

Tori Arpad
Jerry Brody
Matt Coolidge
William L. Fox
Graciela Martinez and Hector Gallegos
Ann Reynolds
Blaine Young

2002 Field Season

Itinerary

El Vado Lake, NM
Muley Point , UT
Goblin Valley, UT
Blue Notch, UT
Bisti Badlands, NM
Chaco Canyon, NM
Tipover Canyon, AZ
Double Negative, NV
Lake Mead, NV
Roden Crater, AZ
Cebolla Canyon, NM
The Lightening Field, NM
Very Large Array, NM
Bosque Del Apache, NM
Marfa, TX

Exhibitions:
John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, and Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.

Participants

Julie Anand
Jeff Beekman
Joy Davidson
Blake Gibson
Esteban Hinojosa
Adam Hitt
Liz Hunt
Collen Moffet
Carolyn Moore
Jessica Murray
Katie Phillips
Geordie Shepherd
Jane Taylor
Ryan Thompson

Bill Gilbert (Program Co-Director)
Chris Taylor (Program Co-Director)

Field Guests

Jerry Brody
Mary Lewis Garcia
Lucy Lippard
Ann Reynolds
Kathleen Shields
Marianne Stockebrand
Henry Walt
Joe Zuni

2000 Field Season

Itinerary

Wild Rivers, NM
Muley Point, UT
Horse Tanks, UT
Horseshoe Canyon, UT
Chaco Canyon, NM
Bisti Badlands, NM
Roden Crater, AZ
Tipover Canyon, AZ
Double Negative, NV
Lake Mead, NM
Mount Withington, NM
Very Large Array, NM
The Lightening Field, NM
Marfa, TX
Three Rivers, NM
Bosque Del Apache, NM

Exhibition: Helix Gallery, Santa Fe

Participants

Nate Goddard
Jeanette Hart
Yoshi Hayashi
Josh Larson
Bonnie Malcolm
Tammy Marinuzzi
Ryan Miller
Greg Ondo
Elena Spontak
Brooke Steiger
Peter Voshefsky
Andrea Walker

Bill Gilbert (Program Co-Director)
John Wenger (Program Co-Director)