Land Arts of the American West

by Bill Davenport May 8, 2011

A new art class titled “Land Arts of the American West” combines the study of “geomorphology and human construction” through a field program including visits to minimal/conceptualist land art monuments like the Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels and Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, earlier art sites like Chaco Canyon, and other big ol’ desert objects like Turrell’s Roden Crater and the Very Large Array. Each class is a 7000 mile road trip with Profs Bill Gilbert and Chris Taylor, who run the program through at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico and College of Architecture at the Texas Tech University. It’s sort of like Nancy Douthey and Jacinda Russell’s 2009 Earthworks Near You trip, but without the tutus, balloons and fake mustaches.

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