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Printing the field bandanas for Land Arts 2016, Lubbock, Texas.

2016 Field Season

Information about the 2016 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2016

Itinerary

Journey 1
Chaco Caynon, New Mexico – 6-8 Sep
Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah – 8-11 Sep
Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah – 11-13 Sep
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Artlandish Lecture, Salt Lake City – 13 Sep
Great Salt Lake Exploration Platform, Utah – 13-18 Sep
CLUI Wendover, Utah – 18-22 Sep
Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah – 20 Sep
Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada – 22-24 Sep
North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona – 24-27 Sep
Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico – 27-29 Sep
Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico – 27 Sep
Lubbock, Texas – 29 Sep-7 Oct

Journey 2
Madrid, New Mexico – 7-9 Oct
SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico – 8 Oct
Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico – 9-12 Oct
Very Large Array, near Datil, New Mexico – 9 Oct
Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico – 12-16 Oct
Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico – 16-19 Oct
Mimbres River, New Mexico – 19-23 Oct
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona – 23-27 Oct
Texas Tech Architecture El Paso, Texas – 27 Oct
Marfa, Texas – 28 Oct-2 Nov
Lubbock, Texas – 2 Nov

Detailed itinerary at: Land Arts 2016 Itinerary

Participants

Roberto Becerra – architecture student working on MARCH at Texas Tech
Liz Janoff – artist and urbanist with BFA from New York University
Matthew Mendez – artist based in San Antonio with BA from St. Mary’s University
Kaitlin Pomerantz – artist with MFA from University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Vásquez – artist based in Santiago, Chile joining as a field resident

Emily Rabinowitz (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Steve Badgett – artist with SIMPARCH
Curtis Bauer – poet and translator teaching at Texas Tech University
Raven Chacon – artist with Postcommodity
Matthew Coolidge – director of Center for Land Use Interpretation
Gretchen Dietrich – director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Sam Douglas – director at Big Beard Films
Upe Flueckiger – architect teaching at Texas Tech University
Lucy Lippard – writer
Barry Lopez – writer
Sarah Ann Mockbee – producer and chief operating officer of Austin Film Society
Andrea Nasher – cultural activator
Monty Paret – art historian teaching at the University of Utah
Deborah Stratman – artist teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago
Whitney Tassie – curator at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Kade Twist – artist with Postcommodity

Arrival at the Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah.

Land Arts of the American West is a “semester abroad in our own backyard” attracting architects, artists, and writers from across Texas Tech University (and beyond) to investigate the intersection of human construction and the evolving nature of the planet. Land art, or earthworks, index the complex array of human activity shaping our world—petroglyphs, roads, dwellings, monuments and traces of those actions—to show us who we are. Our itinerary brings us six-thousand miles overland to experience major land art monuments—Double Negative, Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels, The Lightning Field—while also visiting sites to expand our understanding of what land art might be. We camp for two months witnessing pre-contact archeology at Chaco Canyon and infrastructure at Hoover Dam, as well as military-industrial operations in the Great Salt Lake Desert and scientific exploration at the Very Large Array. We experience remote sites like the north rim of the Grand Canyon and Gila Wilderness in addition to occupied zones such as Wendover, Utah and Marfa, Texas. As we travel we make our own work in the landscapes we inhabit to calibrate the expanding range of our examinations.

The program structure includes enrollment at Texas Tech in the Land Arts studio and seminar with 9 graduate or advanced undergraduate credit hours, two months of field work from late August through October, followed by our return to a studio on campus for the remainder of the fall term. Work produced is exhibited publicly the following Spring.

To negotiate the multivalent meaning of the places we visit, and shed light on strategies to aid their comprehension, the Land Arts program invites the wisdom of field guests—writers, artists and interpreters—to join specific portions of our journey. Over the years guests have included art historian Ann Reynolds, Center for Land Use Interpretation director Matt Coolidge, writer Lucy Lippard, architect Urs Peter Flueckiger, artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman, poet and translator Curtis Bauer, and art collective Postcommodity, among many others.

Land Arts situates our work within a continuous tradition of land-based operations that is thousands of years old. Analysis of sites visited provides a basis for dialog and invention. Issues of spatial and material vocabulary, constructional logics, and inhabitation serve as the foundation for an investigation through making. Students construct, detail, and document a series of site-base interventions in a context that places emphasis on processes of making, experiential forms of knowing, and transdisciplinary modes of practice. The immersive nature of how we experience the landscape triggers an amalgamated body of inquiry where students have the opportunity of time and space to develop authority in their work through direct action and reflection. Land Arts hinges on the primacy of first person experience and the realization that human-land relationships are rarely singular.

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 Bill Gilbert and Chris Taylor, then at the University of Texas at Austin. In the fall of 2008 Taylor moved to Lubbock and the program operates autonomously from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico and College of Architecture at the Texas Tech University. For information about the program at UNM see http://landarts.unm.edu/. In January of 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.

Operational and curricular material about Land Arts at Texas Tech can be found on the College of Architecture website. This site is updated regularly and if stars align in the future be augmented to provide greater access to the program archive. Please contact Chris Taylor for any queries or additional information.

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Solar preparations, Lubbock, Texas.

2015 Field Season

Information about the 2015 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2015

Itinerary

Journey 1
Chaco Caynon, New Mexico – 25-27 Aug
Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah – 28-31 Aug
Moon House, Cedar Mesa, Utah – 31 Aug
Epicenter, Green River, Utah – 1-3 Sep
Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah – 4-6 Sep
Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah – 7 Sep
Wendover – CLUI, Utah – 7-13 Sep
Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada – 14-16 Sep
Las Vegas Piece, near Elgin, Nevada – 16 Sep
North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona – 17-20 Sep
Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico – 21-23 Sep
Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico – 23 Sep
Lubbock, Texas – 24 Sep-1 Oct

Journey 2
Adobe Alliance, Presidio, Texas – 3-5 Oct
Marfa, Texas – 6-11 OctAdobe Alliance – 8 Oct
Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico – 12-15 Oct
Very Large Array, near Datil, New Mexico – 13 Oct
The Lightning Field, near Quemado, New Mexico – 13-14 Oct
Mimbres River, New Mexico – 16-19 Oct
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona – 20-23 Oct
Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico – 24-27 Oct
Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico – 28-29 Oct
Lubbock, Texas – 30 Oct

Detailed itinerary at: Land Arts 2015 Itinerary

Participants

Fiona Bennitt – art and geology student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington
Henry Brown – artist with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design
Mark Freres – architect pursuing a masters degree at Texas Tech University
Nicholas Keys – artist from Australia with an MFA from Bard College
Caleb Lightfoot – architect pursuing a masters degree at Texas Tech University
Ashley May – artist pursuing an MFA at the University of California at Riverside
Sadie Richter – architect pursuing a masters degree at Texas Tech University

Emily Rabinowitz (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Steve Badgett – artist from SIMPARCH
Curtis Bauer – poet and translator teaching at Texas Tech University
Matthew Coolidge – director of Center for Land Use Interpretation
Craig Dworkin – writer and professor of english at University of Utah
Gretchen Dietrich – director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Curtis Francisco – geologist from Laguna Pueblo
Jack Forinash – Epicenter Principal of Housing
Barry Lopez – writer
Andrea Nasher – cultural activator
Monty Paret – art historian teaching at the University of Utah
Ann Reynolds – art historian teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Ingrid Schaffner – curator of the 57th Carnegie International
Deborah Stratman – artist teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago
Simon Swan — founder Adobe Alliance
Maria Sykes – Epicenter Principal of Arts & Culture

Tank farm (of sorts), Socorro, NM

Tank farm (of sorts), Socorro, NM

2014 Field Season

Information about the 2014 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2014

Itinerary

Journey 1
Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico
Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico
Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico
Chaco Caynon, New Mexico
Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Moon House, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Goblin Valley, Utah
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah
Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah
Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah
Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah
Intrepid Potash, Wendover, Utah
Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada
Las Vegas Piece, near Elgin, Nevada
Point Sublime, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Lubbock, Texas

Journey 2
Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico
Mimbres River, New Mexico
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
Dipping Vat Tank, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico
Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico
Very Large Array, near Datil, New Mexico
The Lightning Field, near Quemado, New Mexico
Chinati and Judd foundations, Marfa, Texas
Adobe Alliance, Presidio, Texas
Lubbock, Texas

Detailed itinerary at: Land Arts 2014 Itinerary

Participants

Michael Norris – architect pursuing a masters degree at Texas Tech University
Gabriela Reyes – architect pursuing a masters degree at Texas Tech University
J. Eric Simpson – artist with a bachelors degree from Texas Tech University
Matti Sloman – artist with a masters degree from the Rhode Island School of Design
Anthony Zuefeldt – architect pursuing a masters degree at Texas Tech University

Ted Carey (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Steve Badgett – artist from SIMPARCH
Conrad Bakker – artist teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Matthew Coolidge – director of Center for Land Use Interpretation
Dagny Corcoran – director of Art Catalogues at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Upe Flueckiger – architect teaching at Texas Tech University
Gretchen Dietrich – director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Curtis Francisco – geologist from Laguna Pueblo
David Gregor – architect/maker at PORK New Orleans
Irene Hofmann – director of SITE Santa Fe
Barry Lopez – writer
Jimmy Luu – designer teaching at St. Edwards University
Andrea Nasher – cultural activator
Monty Paret – art historian teaching at the University of Utah
Reinhard Reitzenstein – artist teaching at the University of Buffalo
Ann Reynolds – art historian teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Deborah Stratman – artist teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago
Simone Swan – master builder and founder of Adobe Alliance
Whitney Tassie – curator at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Nichole Wiedemann – architect teaching at the University of Texas at Austin

Prepping for the 2013 field season, Lubbock, TX

Prepping for the 2013 field season, Lubbock, TX

2013 Field Season

Information about the 2013 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2013

Itinerary

Journey 1
Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico
Chaco Caynon, New Mexico
Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Moon House, Cedar Mesa, Utah
Goblin Valley, Utah
Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah
Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah
Wendover – CLUI, Utah
Intrepid Potash, Wendover, Utah
Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada
Las Vegas Piece, near Elgin, Nevada
North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico
Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico
Lubbock, Texas

Journey 2
Marfa, Texas
Huaco Tanks, Texas
Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico
Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico
Very Large Array, near Datil, New Mexico
The Lightning Field, near Quemado, New Mexico
Mimbres River, New Mexico
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
Tonto National Forest, Arizona
Twin Buttes, New Mexico
Lubbock, Texas

Detailed itinerary at: Land Arts 2013 Itinerary,
Journey 1 Map and Journey 2 Map

Participants

Edward (Ted) Carey – artist from Philadelphia with an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Elsner – designer from Richmond, Virginia who has practiced in New York City and Austin
Kyle Griesmeyer – architect pursuing a masters degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa
Jana La Brasca – art historian with a bachelors degree from University of California at Berkeley
Bristen Lee Phillips – artist from the Llano Estacado pursuing a bachelors degree at Texas Tech
Jaclyn Pryor – performance/installation artist based in Flagstaff, Arizona who has a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin

Carl Spartz (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Steve Badgett – artist from SIMPARCH
Matthew Coolidge – director of Center for Land Use Interpretation
Russ Draper – plant manager at Intrepid Potash
Curtis Francisco – geologist from Laguna Pueblo
Amy Hauft – artist teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Ann Reynolds – art historian teaching at University of Texas at Austin
Lori Ryker – architect and director of Remote Studio
Deborah Stratman – artist teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago

Texas Beinnial TX★13

Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech will be submitting special reports during our 2013 field season for the TX★13 Texas Biennial. Posts can be found at Land Arts 2013 Texas Biennial and the schedule of participant entries at Biennial schedule.