Scanning Double Negative (Michael Heizer, 1969) at 50 with Sarah Aziz—10 years after our first scan, September 2019.

Land Arts 2019 Exhibition

Texas Tech University College of Architecture and Museum of Texas Tech University announce the
LAND ARTS 2019 EXHIBITION marking ten years of the program operating from Lubbock.

The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020, in Leonardo’s Kitchen at the Museum of Texas Tech University at 3301 4th Street in Lubbock, Texas.

The exhibition culminates the semester-long transdisciplinary field program Land Arts of the American West presenting documents and constructions by students Isaac ArzateRomina Cardiello CereijoAshley Condina, Lia ForslundDaisy Limon, Maggie Mitts, Barbara Pearsall, Skylar Perez, Adrian Reyna, and Franek Wardynski. Within the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, Land Arts is a “semester abroad in our own backyard” where architects, artists, historians, and writers camp for fifty-one nights while traveling 6,128 miles overland to experience major land art monuments—Double Negative, Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels—while also visiting sites expanding our understanding of what land art might be such as pre-contact archeology of Chaco Canyon, scientific exploration at the Very Large Array, and military-industrial operations in the Great Salt Lake Desert. To negotiate the multivalent meaning of these places and shed light on strategies to aid their comprehension we invite the wisdom of field guests—writers, artists, and interpreters—to join specific portions of our journey. 2019 field guests included Center for Land Use Interpretation director Matt Coolidge, artist-filmmaker Deborah Stratman, Holt-Smithson Foundation director Lisa Le Feuvre, and writer Barry Lopez among many others. Land Arts hinges on the primacy of first-person experience and the realization that human-land relationships are rarely singular. The Land Arts 2019 Exhibition will continue through April 19, 2020.

Gallery Hours and Events
The exhibition is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10am – 5pm and Sundays 1-5pm. Admission is free.


About Land Arts 2019

The Land Arts 2019 field crew includes participants Isaac Arzate, an architecture student at Texas Tech, Romina Cardiello Cereijo, an architecture MArch graduate from Texas Tech, Ashley Condina, an artist and aspiring historian from Brooklyn, New York, Lia Forslund, a writer and artist with an MA from the Royal College of Art who is from Sweden based in European Union, Daisy Limon, an architecture MArch graduate from Texas Tech, Maggie Mitts, an art historian with MA from University of Texas at Austin, Barbara Pearsall, an artist with BA from William & Mary based in New York, Skylar Perez, an architecture MArch candidate at Texas Tech, Adrian Reyna, an architecture student at Texas Tech, and Franek Wardynski, an artist and designer with an MA from the Royal College of Art who is from Poland based in European Union.

Sites on the 2019 itinerary ventured from Cebolla Canyon and Jackpile Mine to Muley Point, Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels, Center for Land Use Interpretation Wendover,  Double Negative, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Trick Tank, Chaco Canyon, Two Buttes, White Sands, Plains of San Agustin, The Lightning Field, Chiricahua Mountains, Mimbres River, Cabinetlandia, Marfa, and Lubbock.

Field guests for 2019 were Sarah Aziz, Steve Badgett, Katherine Bash, Curtis Bauer, Ted Carey, Matthew Coolidge, Noémie Despland Lichtert, Gretchen Dietrich, Curtis Francisco, Deborah Garcia, Aaron Hegert, Cara Ray Joven, Lisa Le Feuvre, Hikmet Sidney Loe, Barry Lopez, Jason Lukas, Victoria McReynolds, Shay Myerson, Zachary Norman, Rob Ray, Ingrid Schaffner, Brendan Sullivan Shea, Eric Strain, Deborah Stratman, Aurora Tang, Whitney Tassie, KT Thompson, and Jim Williamson.

Land Arts 2019 field season was made possible with generous operational support from Andrea Nasher and the James Family Foundation.

Chris Taylor, director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, leads the program and was assisted in the field by Kellie Flint from California.

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 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and over fifty faculty members. Graduate certificate programs are offered in Digital Design Fabrication, Health Care Design, Historic Preservation, Urban and Community Design, and, Land Arts of the American West,  as well as an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design.

About the Museum of Texas Tech University
Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It is a not-for-profit institution by virtue of being a part of Texas Tech University. The Museum’s purpose is to support the academic and intellectual mission of Texas Tech University through the collection, preservation, documentation, and research of scientific and cultural material and to disseminate information about those collections and their scientific and cultural topics through exhibition, interpretation, and publication for primary, secondary, and higher education students, the scholarly community, and the general public. The Museum aspires to provide the highest standard of excellence in museological ethics and practices, while pursuing continuous improvement, stimulating the greatest quantity of quality research, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and education, and providing support for faculty, staff, and students. The Museum is a multi-faceted institution that includes the main building, the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve.

Land Arts 2019 Exhibition at the Museum of Texas Tech University will take place within Leonardo’s Kitchen, a gallery of new ideas, research, and creativity established to present a changing array of exhibitions that examine the research and creativity of Texas Tech University across science, technology, engineering, math, humanities, and the arts.


For additional information about Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech or to schedule an interview with Chris Taylor contact him by phone at 806-834-1589 or email at chris.taylor@ttu.edu. Information about the College of Architecture can be found at http://arch.ttu.edu, and the Museum of Texas Tech University by visiting https://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/.