Dominic Miller's TURBINE SONGS

Artist Dominic Miller has created an online archive of his project, Turbine Songs, addressing Uranium Mining and its impact upon the Navajo Nation. Learn more on the project site:

"As the impact of uranium mining continues to unfold, the Diné struggle to remain in contact with the land they have always inhabited. Audio recordings were done in participants’ homes, discussing the feelings and history surrounding mining. Transcripts of the interviews are made available through the website. Recording was done in cooperation with Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Society.

The photographic section of the website portrays the uranium industry’s environmental legacy alongside the stark natural beauty of the region. Captions provide specific information about clean-up efforts and introduce the participating interviewees. To coordinate an exhibition of the images please write: " from


nevada museum of art
Travels with William Fox, C A+E Director
The World’s Longest Poem, Part 1--Santiago, Chile

Follow Fox as he shares his travels and discoveries at home and abroad on the CA+E social network. In this excerpt, Fox travels with anthropologist Jerry Moore to explore Raul Zurita’s 3.17-kilometer-long ni peña ni miedo, located in Santiago, Chile. Meaning “neither pain, nor fear”, Zurita’s work is literally the longest line of poetry in the world. more >

Author Jeff Gordinier Imagines the Future with GenX
Part of the continuing Art + Environment Conference series

Watch the Art + Environment Conference session "What's neXt: Artists Imagine the Future", featuring author Jeff Gordinier and GenX artists Katie Holten, Kianga Ford, Jason Houston, and Fritz Haeg. Gordinier's recent book X Saves the World, suggests that Gen X innovations in art, technology, and activism have come to define the way we live today. Discover how these GenX artists, designers and writers create work which aspires to change the way people view and experience the world. Part of a continuing series of videos documenting the 2008 Conference. more >
Artist Katie Holten Talks Nature and Landscape
Highlights from “What’s neXt: Artists Imagine the Future”

A native of Ireland, Katie Holten creates artworks that bring people together to investigate humans’ impact on the natural environment. Here, Holten presents her works and methods to the Art + Environment Conference 2008. Often made from recycled materials, her thoughtful renderings of maps, plants, and ecological phenomena encourage dialogue on issues ranging from biodiversity to global warming. more >
Black Rock Design Institute Presents Eric Strain | assemblageStudio, Inc.
Thursday, January 21 / 6pm

Join BRDI at the Museum for an exciting opportunity to meet Eric Strain, founder of architecture firm assemblageStudio. Established to bring attention to the architecture of Las Vegas, work through assemblageStudio has garnered a remarkable 18 awards for design excellence in both the public and private sectors including the AIA Nevada Young Architect Citation in 1996, the AIA Nevada Service Award in 1999 and the AIA Western Mountain Region Young Architect Award in 2004. Meet other guests for networking and beer from Silver Peak Brewery at 5pm, before the lecture at 6pm. more >

Leur Existence - Tree Project at the THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK


December 9, 2009 - February 12, 2010

Hiroshi Sunari
Leur Existence - Tree Project

Opening Reception
Wednesday, December 9th
6pm to 8:30pm

Over 60 years ago, the city of Hiroshima was decimated by one nuclear bomb. Hibaku trees, those that still live from the time of the atomic bombing, have shown an inspiring ability to persevere. Since 2005, Sunairi has been collecting seeds from hibaku trees in Hiroshima and has distributed them to nearly 400 Tree Project participants in 23 countries. Leur Existence – Tree Project will feature a selection of these plants, which have been donated by the participants, as well as photographic and written documentation of the process. Plants will be presented in ceramic elephant-foot pots, designed and created by the artist.

Curated by Chris Murtha. Click here to view the press release (pdf). For more information email or call (212) 757-0915 x121.

Land Art Competition


The summarized design brief for the competition is to design a public art installation for one of three pre-selected sites that fulfills all of the following criteria:

Is a three dimensional form that has the ability to stimulate and challenge the mind of the viewer on a contemplative level.

Embodies a sense of beauty and concept in its built form that is derived from the artistic sensitivities of the design team and from an acute attention to details.

Captures energy from nature, converts it into electricity, and has the ability to store, and/or transform and transmit electrical power to a power grid connection point to be supplied by others.

Does not create secondary emissions other than electricity and does not pollute its surroundings.

Is safe to people who would view it. Consideration must be made for viewing platforms and boundaries between public and restricted areas.

Is pragmatic and constructable within reason and employs technology that can be scalable and tested. There is no limit on the type of technology or the proprietary nature of the technology. The Land Art Generator Initiative will endeavor to reach contractual agreements with any company and/or patent holder that is specified as a part of a successful design entry. It is recommended that the design team make an effort to engage such entities in preliminary dialog as a part of their own research and development of the design entry..

Does not negatively impact the natural surroundings. Each entry should provide an environmental impact study and mitigation strategy in order to determine the effects of the project on the ecosystem into which the installation is to be constructed.

Uses all or any portion of the site. There is no requirement or restriction on size other than those of the plot limits themselves and the environmental footprint of the design.



Bridge the Gap? 6
A day of open lectures and conversations at Storefront, organized by Center for Contemporary Art - CCA Kitakyushu

Ruben Coen Cagli / Neuroscience
Trisha Donnelly / Visual Art
Didier Fiuza Faustino / Architecture
Joan Jonas / Visual Art
Lisa Kaltenegger/ Astrophysics
Kazuo Okanoya / Cognitive Science
Damon Rich / Urban Design
Anri Sala / Visual Art
Kevin Slavin / Information Science

BRIDGE THE GAP? is an international series of conferences that aims to create an ongoing forum between artists, scientists, designers and thinkers of the humanities in which ideas are exchanged and reciprocal stimulation and influence can occur. The first BTG?, held in 2001 in Kitakyushu (Japan) brought together 30 specialists from the arts, sciences and humanities (; the second in took place in Milan, the third in Chiang Mai, the fourth in Kitakyushu/Shanghai and the fifth in Venice. Each event involved a profound change in scale and context of the BTG? format.

By making the coffee break a central forum and by enhancing the exchange between participants, BTG? poses the question concerning the necessity of actual and virtual salons now. BTG? proposes a non-linear, non-hierarchical approach to knowledge production - to go beyond the boundaries of disciplines and to overcome the fears of pooling knowledge. Classical conferences emphasized order and stability. In contrast, we now see fluctuations instability: the unpredictable. In non-equilibrium physics, you find various notions of unstable systems and the dynamics of unstable environments. Instead of certitudes, BTG? expresses connective possibilities. The field of reflection and discussion coming from the different perspective will begin to broaden, deepen and create the ground to work in collaboration.

Schedule of presentations
11:00 - 11:40 / Damon Rich
11:40 - 12:20 / Anri Sala
12:20 - 13:00 / Lisa Kalgenegger

15:00 - 15:40 / Trisha Donnely
15:40 - 16:20 / Ruben Coen Cagli

16:40 - 17:20 / Kazuo Okanoya
17:20 - 18:00 / Joan Jonas

18:30 - 19:10 / Didier Faustino
19:10 - 19:50 / Kevin Slavin

Participants Bios

Ruben Coen Cagli
is Postdoctoral Research Associate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He studies the visual creativity from the vantage point of computational Cognitive Science, and currently focuses on computational models of natural image statistics, visual cortical processing, and texture synthesis.

Trisha Donnelly
presents her work in various ways such as installation and performance, using diverse mediums including video, drawing, photography and sound. Sometimes accompanied by her personal experience, her work blurs concept of time and space within the framework of art exhibition.

Didier Fiuza Faustino
realizes many architecture projects, while he also presents his work often in art exhibition context. His architectural and artistic projects are above all focused on the issue of space as a political, social and bodily experience. He conceives architecture as a "tool for exacerbating our senses and sharpening our awareness of reality".

Joan Jonas
is a pioneer of video/performance art. She started her career in 60s and led the new art movement happening around that time. Her influence plays a crucial role in the development of art even until the present day. Currently she continues to explore her performance work with new media, and also presents installation work.

Lisa Kaltenegger
is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian, Center for Astrophysics. She studies extrasolar planets, especially focusing on the Earth-like planets, and the photons where we could trace life on the planet. Now she works on the discovery of the photon of the planets, and also involves with the design of the space telescopes for it.

Kazuo Okanoya
is Head of Laboratory for Biolinguistics of Riken Brain Science Institute. Through study on bird's hearing/song, and vocal token of naked mole-rats and degus which are belong to rodent species, Okanoya investigates mechanism of human brain and language.

Damon Rich
uses video, sculpture, graphics, and photography to investigate the political economy of the built environment. In 1997 he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York City nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve the quality of public participation in urban planning and community design, where he was the creative director for 10 years.

Anri Sala
is known for his video work, which is sometimes entwined seemingly with political, biographical contexts. The images often feature physical and linguistic details that look trivial but have peculiarities. He also presents his work in the styles of installation and performance.

Kevin Slavin
is the Managing Director and co-founder of Area/Code, a company engaged in building on the landscape of pervasive technologies and overlapping media to create new kinds of entertainment. Founded in 2005. Area/Code creates cross-media games and entertainment for clients including Nokia, CBS, Disney Imagineering, MTV, Discovery Networks, A&E Networks, Nike, Puma, EA, the UK's Department for Transport, and Busch Entertainment.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
10012 New York, NY
Tel. 212.431.5795
Fax 212.431.5755

A Bus Tour of the Urban Oilscape of Los Angeles

A Bus Tour of the Urban Oilscape of Los Angeles
Friday, December 18, 2009

The tour will visit a number of urban well sites, from the West Side to Downtown, to Signal Hill and Long Beach, as part of the exhibit Urban Crude: The Oil Fields of the Los Angeles Basin.

The bus will depart from the Center for Land Use Interpretation's exhibit space at 9331 Venice Blvd, Culver City, California, at 9 AM Friday, December 18th, and will return by 6 PM. Please be at the CLUI no later than 8:50am to board the bus. Bring lunch money - a stop will be made at a restaurant for lunch.

Tour ticket price is $30. Tickets go on sale on Monday, December 7th @ 12 noon PST, and must be purchased online here.


The Center for Land Use Interpretation
9331 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.839.5722 office
310.839.6678 fax
support (at) clui (dot) org

Triple Canopy 7: "Master Plans”

New issue available online from triple canopy, “Master Plans”. This issue, "will focus on the origins, products, and relics of planning, and its possibilities for the future. As the reign of ego-architecture and its hyper-capitalist financiers ends (or merely changes regents), we offer alternative forms of and perspectives on urbanism, from artists, researchers, writers, and musicians, as well as architects. More than ever, we need an urbanism that looks backward to move forward, that looks forward to see the present; that considers the voices of those without the power to build and the ideas of architects who have built modestly, critically, or not at all."

Read more online:

Jackrabbit Homestead Book Now Available

From Kim Stringfellow:

Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938–2008
published by the Center for American Places is now available for online pre-order at The book explores the cultural history and physical landmarks that resulted from the implementation of the 1938 Small Tract Act throughout Southern California's Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park. The Small Tract Act was one of the many land acts designed to dispose of “useless” federal lands from the U.S. public domain. The hardbound book contains sixty-one color plates and a text by Kim Stringfellow.
Signed and inscribed copies are available for purchase through PayPal at
For more information about this project, please visit:

Semi-related event:
New Topographics Artist-Led Exhibition Walkthrough
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90036
When: Sunday, December 6th, 2 PM
Cost: Free with LACMA regular admission
If you are in Los Angeles this coming Sunday please join me for an exhibition walkthough that I will lead of LACMA’s current photography exhibit, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape. The group will meet at the front of the exhibit in BCAM on the 2nd floor if you plan to attend. The event is free with paid admission, tickets required (available one hour before the program). For more information on this event please the exhibit Web page at: JRHS books will be available for purchase at LACMA’s gift shop.
JRHS Lecture:
Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series
Old Schoolhouse Museum 29 Palms
6760 National Park Drive, 29 Palms, CA
WHEN: Friday, December 11th, 7 PM
COST: $5 at the door
This lecture will cover the history of jackrabbit homesteading throughout the Morongo Basin. For more information please visit:

Kim Stringfellow

New Art and Ecology program at the University of New Mexico

"As a new area in the Department of Art and Art History, Art and Ecology creates a signature discipline for the University of New Mexico. Building from the successful Land Arts of the American West program, Art and Ecology provides a full curriculum based on the environments and communities of the southwest. Courses are designed to further students' understanding of representation, land use, ecology, and classic Land Art in the Southwest. Art and Ecology engages ecological scholars, artists, and activists both within and outside of academia to support its curriculum. Students will learn to research, write, and speak effectively. Coursework will familiarize them with major ecological systems and the processes involved in creating two-, three- and four-dimensional events. Courses will also include a focus on understanding and controlling the ecological impacts of art materials and practices. The curriculum guides students through collaborations (both interdisciplinary and cross-cultural) and the mechanisms of public process." -read and learn more about the program site

Or contact:
Bill Gilbert
Lannan Chair,
Land Arts of the American West
Art & Ecology

Catherine Page Harris
Assistant Professor
Art and Ecology


Eppich, Esmay and Tang: Collection of Dia Art Foundation, reproduced in NY TIMES

RANDY KENNEDY authored an article in the NY Times this week discussing the challenges of conserving Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. Read the full article here.

Ryder Jon Piotrs at Ira M. Taylor Memorial Art Gallery

Ryder Jon Piotrs
"Mercurial Imagination"
Oct. 23- Nov 13, 2009

Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Nov. 13, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

Ira M. Taylor Memorial Art Gallery
Hardin Simmons University,
Abilene, Texas, 79698.
(325) 670-1000

HSU's Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery Gallery presents "Mercurial Imagination," featuring the work of Ryder Jon Piotrs members Piotr Chizinski, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische and Jonathan Whitfill. The work ranges from altered books and shredded text to gunpowder drawings and cast bomb forms. The work questions social class systems, the intangible form of knowledge, and violence in a modern world. The exhibition will take place from Oct 26-Nov 13, 2009. The gallery will host a closing reception featuring an artist talk and question/answer session on November 13, 5:00-6:30.



Thursday, November 12, 6pm
De/Briefing: Land Art, Public Art & Planning for the Future of Albuquerque
Lecture by joni m. palmer
at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255

This event is a presentation by joni m palmer to explore the future of land art projects through the City of Albuquerque's Percent for Art Program and other collaborative approaches. Current discussions about public art and land art tend to suggest either an all inclusive or oppositional attitude. This talk is intended to provoke a deeper conversation between the two, exploring the gray areas, questioning intentionality, audience, and collaboration as they are relevant to the future efforts of the city's Public Art Program.

Presented by the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program

Friday, November 13, 2pm
Lecture by Ann Reynolds
at the Center for the Arts on the UNM campus, room 2018
, 505-277-2868,

Ann Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research, publications, and teaching focus on U.S. and European art, architecture, and visual culture after 1930; feminist theory, gender, and sexuality studies; the historiography of exhibition practice; and film. She is the author of Robert Smithson: Learning From New Jersy and Elsewhere (MIT Press, 2003) and is currently working on a new book Home Movies: Creativity, Community, and Publics in New York, 1940-1970. More details

Presented by the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico

Monday, November 16, 5:30pm
Re-Cognising the Land ILIRI, the Creative Laboratory and the Sacred Tree
Lecture by Louise Fowler-Smith
at Dane Smith Hall, room 127 (on the UNM campus, map)
for more info contact the UNM Art Museum, 505-277-2868,

Louise Fowler-Smith is an artist and Senior Lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in Sydney, Australia. She is also the Director of the Imaging the Land International Research Initiative (ILIRI), which aims to promote new ways of perceiving the land in the 21st century and which offers residencies for artists in the Australian desert. Louise has recently established the ILIRI 'Creative Laboratory', a large area of land where artists, architects, scientists – people concerned with the environment– can collaborate on projects that explore new ways of perceiving, interacting and living in a land starved of water. More details

Presented by the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico

Tuesday, November 17, 6pm
Politics: Peter Fend / Ocean Earth Development Corporation and Center for Land Use Interpretation
Lecture by Janet Dees
at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe
for ticket info: 505-989-1199,

This is the third in a series of lectures titled The Three P's of Land Art: Principles, Poetics and Politics, as part of SITE Santa Fe's Contemporary Art in Context program aimed at grounding the art of today in art history. Janet Dees is currently the Thaw Curatorial Fellow at SITE Santa Fe. A Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware, she received her BA in Art History and African/African American Studies from Fordham University and her MA in Art History from the University of Delaware. Before pursuing graduate work, Dees worked as a museum educator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York African Burial Ground Project and as assistant director for a contemporary art gallery in New York.

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

Kammer 2.1: New Mexico Central Edition

Kammer 2.1: New Mexico Central Edition
- Santa Fe premiere -

Sunday, November 15, 2009
New Mexico Film Museum
418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe

This event is free and open to the public

Kammer 2.1 is an experimental video series that explores intangible elements--preconceived notions, personal experience, nostalgia--that influence perceptions of central New Mexico. This vast collection of ultrashort vids stems from extensive field recordings conducted by Stephen Ausherman throughout the region's parks and public lands. Ausherman arranged his material to establish connections between otherwise incongruent reference points, and let emotional attachments play into his interpretations of the land and its cultures. He also invited a diverse array of local collaboration throughout the creative process.

K2.1 scored a New Visions Award in experimental film from the New Mexico Film Office in 2008. The project debuted in May 2009 as an interactive display at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center, and ran through August 2009 as part of the LAND/ART exhibitions.

Noted works from the K2.1 series include _Bovine Saga_, winner at the Leopold Legacy Film Series in Albuquerque; and _La 2e Peste_, finalist, WPA Experimental Media Series in Washington, DC.

Stephen Ausherman is the author of _60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque_ (Menasha Ridge Press, 2008). He was an Artist-in-Residence for Blue Sky Project in Woodstock, Illinois, in 2008; and for Cornucopia Art Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota, in 2007. He also served as the 2005 Writer-in-Residence for Bernheim Forest in Kentucky, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, and Buffalo National River in Arkansas.

Get more info at


New exhibit open at the Center for Land Use Interpretation's Los Angeles location:

The Oil Fields of the Los Angeles Basin

Open to the public starting October 30th, 2009

"The fabric of Los Angeles, a continuous cloth of development, draped on the surface of the land, is shallow, but its roots, thousands of meandering straws of oil, dig deep into the soil. Like tree roots, these veins extract the living essence of the ground, fueling this city of the car. Like historical roots, these oil fields are the progenerative substrate, the resource pool, where the economy of Los Angeles originated, driving the development and culture of the city. Today, it continues. Los Angeles is the most urban oil field, where the industry operates in cracks, corners, and edges, hidden behind fences, and camouflaged into architecture, pulling oil out from under our feet." - from the CLUI site, read more here.

Lecture and Book Signing by Bill Gilbert

The UNM Art Museum proudly presents a Lecture and Book Signing by
Bill Gilbert, Lannan Chair and Senior Associate Dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:30PM at the UNM Art Museum.
Bill Gilbert on the road
Bill Gilbert, ÂFor John Wesley Powell, Attempts to Walk the Grid, September 7, 2006, digital print, 2009

Following the lecture, Bill Gilbert will sign copies of his new book

Land Arts of the American West, (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009) co-authored with Chris Taylor.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!

Bill Gilbert began teaching sculpture at UNM in the Dept. of Art and Art History in 1987. The Land Arts of the American West Program, an interdisciplinary, field based studio curriculum was conceived by Gilbert in his interest to redefine the very nature of how students are educated in the visual arts. In 2000 along with Professor Emeritus John Wenger and a dozen eager students, Gilbert initiated the first Land Arts trip which covered five states and some 8,000 miles. He later collaborated with Chris Taylor from The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Gilbert will discuss this "experiment" in pedagogy, as he calls it, and how this has both affected and intersected with his work as an artist and a teacher.

Image Right | Bill Gilbert, "For John Wesley Powell, Attempts to Walk the Grid, September 7, 2006," digital print, 2009

Time Is Like The East River: William Lamson at Artspace

William Lamson, Time is Like The East River

"In his new video, Time is Like the East River, Lamson takes New York’s East River as his subject matter, addressing the transitions that occur with the crossing of thresholds and boundaries. The video opens with Lamson and a friend paddling two small boats toward each other from opposite sides of a broad body of water. Upon meeting in the middle, the boats link together, revealing that each boat was in fact half of a seventeen-foot canoe. As the two paddle into the distance, the camera (located on the Manhattan Bridge) slowly zooms out, revealing a radiant Manhattan skyline. Shot at slack tide, the moments between the change in direction of tidal currents, the normally turbulent river appears as calm a lake. Only in this transitional state, when the river changes directions and time is seemingly arrested, is Lamson’s passage possible. The artist’s homemade props and artifacts from the performance will also be on view in the gallery." from Artspace. Read more.

Time is Like the East River is on view November 12, 2009 – December 19, 2009
The public opening is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th, 6-8PM
ARTSPACE is a non-profit organization presenting local and national visual art, provides access, excellence and education for the benefit of the public and the arts community


Regional Juried Exhibition, "WATER: More or Less"

Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas TX
Opening reception: Sat, Jan. 30, 5-7 PM, 2010
Entry Deadline: Sat. Dec. 5, 2009
Juror Talk & Awards Presentation: Jan. 30, 5:30 PM

Water: More or Less was developed in conjunction with the Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium hosted by Richland College. The juried exhibition focuses on the role of water and sustainability within the environment.

Learn more on the project site.


Edible City fim still

7:00 pm

Studio for Urban Projects
3579 17th Street
San Francisco, CA

Space is limited. Please RSVP
Suggested donation $5-$15

Please join us this Thursday for a screening of Edible City, the second in a series of events at the Studio for Urban Projects entitled Planting the City. The a series includes panel discussions, film screenings, and printed collections exploring how the groundswell of interest in sidewalk planting, urban farming and community gardening is reshaping the city.

Edible City is a film-in-progress documenting the stories of a wide range of Bay Area visionaries that are engaged with the local food movement as a response to industrialized agriculture. Directors Andrew Hasse and Adam Goldstein will discuss their forthcoming film and preview a selection of compelling clips.

For more information visit:

Wang Bing, Matthew Coolidge and Lucy Raven at Light Industry

Triple Canopy and Light Industry present the East Coast premiere of Wang Bing’s Crude Oil, a fourteen-hour film installation tracking a fourteen-hour workday of crude-oil extraction in northwest China. Wang’s film will be on view from 9am until 11pm each day, running five times in its entirety.

Accompanying Crude Oil in an adjacent room will be a film program by Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation and Lucy Raven (7:30pm, Wednesday, November 4) as well as screenings of Wang Bing’s Coal Money (4pm, Saturday, November 7) and West of the Tracks (12pm, Sunday, November 8). A curated DVD library of related films will be available for viewing throughout the week. Read more on the Light Industry Website

Michael Light: Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack

"Located at 8,000 feet in the Oquirrh Mountains — 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City —the Bingham Canyon copper mine is the largest man-made excavation on the planet. Its hole reaches more than half a mile deep and its rim is nearly three miles in width. It has produced more copper than any mine in history. The mine’s Garfield smelter stack, situated at the edge of the Great Salt Lake about 10 miles away, is the tallest free-standing structure west of the Mississippi River, and is only 35 feet shorter than the Empire State Building.

For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed over settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot, he is currently working on an extended aerial photographic survey of the inter-mountain states, Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West. Light won a 2007 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography to pursue this project.

For the last several years, Light has been producing mammoth-scaled, very limited edition book-objects from his series of aerial photographs. These books have been widely exhibited to critical acclaim, and the series now extends to roughly eight such realizations, including books on Los Angeles (Day and Night), Phoenix, Sun City, Rancho San Pedro, and Mono Lake. Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, which is an amazing series of black-and-white images taken of the Bingham Mine and Garfield Stack over the course of a single afternoon, is the first in a series from Radius Books that will translate Light’s impressive and ambitious projects into the trade book format." -from Radius Books, read more here


LAND/ART Speakers

Monday, November 2, 5:30pm
Art and Ecology: An International Perspective
Lecture by special guest Tricia Watts
at Dane Smith Hall, room 127 (on the UNM campus, map)
for more info contact the UNM Art Museum, 505-277-2868,

Tricia Watts has researched art and nature practitioners since 1994. She is founder and west coast curator of ecoartspace, a nonprofit platform organizing exhibitions and programs in collaboration with artists who address environmental issues in the visual arts. Most recently she traveled to New Delhi, India to participate in the 48*c Public Art Ecology international festival and symposia, and to Taiwan for the Tropic of Cancer Environmental Art Project (2008-09), including community dialogues and symposia addressing debris fields of aquaculture waste as material for Land Art and cultural engagement. For more information visit

Presented by UNM Art Museum & sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History

Tuesday, November 3, 6pm
Principles: Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer
Lecture by Laura Steward
at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe

for ticket info: 505-989-1199,

This is the first in a series of lectures titled The Three P's of Land Art: Principles, Poetics and Politics, as part of SITE Santa Fe's Contemporary Art in Context program aimed at grounding the art of today in art history. Laura Steward is the Phillips Director and Curator of SITE Santa Fe, a non-profit contemporary art space located in Santa Fe known for its international biennial exhibitions, and other contemporary art programming. Appointed to the position in April 2005, she came to SITE from MASS MoCA, one of the world’s largest centers for contemporary visual and performing arts, where she was founding curator. Several of her exhibitions have won prizes from the International Association of Art Critics.

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30pm
Land Arts of the American West: Investigations in Place
Lecture by Bill Gilbert
at University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 505-277-2868

Bill Gilbert holds the Lannan Chair in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico where he directs the place-based, field program entitled Land Arts of the American West. Gilbert has worked with indigenous artists at Acoma Pueblo and Pastaza, Ecuador, curated exhibitions and authored essays for the potters of Juan Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Following the lecture, Gilbert will sign copies of his new book Land Arts of the American West (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009) which he co-authored with Chris Taylor.
For more information on the Land Arts of the American West program visit

Presented by the University of New Mexico Art Museum

Tuesday, November 10, 6pm
Poetics: Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long
Lecture by Joanne Lefrak
at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe

for ticket info: 505-989-1199,

This is the second in a series of lectures titled The Three P's of Land Art: Principles, Poetics and Politics, as part of SITE Santa Fe's Contemporary Art in Context program aimed at grounding the art of today in art history. Joanne Lefrak is currently the Education and Catalogue Manager at SITE Santa Fe. She received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and her MFA in Studio Art from Montclair State University. In addition, she studied fine art and art history with Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She has been awarded full fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and I-Park, residency programs in the arts, as well as a Creative Capital Professional Development grant.

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

Site project for LAND/ART at the Harwood

November 9 – 16, 2009
Installation by Christopher Robbins and John Baca
at Harwood Art Center,1114 7th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-242-6367,

Christopher Robbins and John Baca will prevent a tree from losing its leaves this autumn.

Visit the grounds of the Harwood Art Center during daylight hours as the artists attend to their ambitious project. Barring any extreme conditions, the artists will live under the tree for the duration of their stay.


Ramon Renteria / El Paso Times

The El Paso Times published an article on UNM's Land Art of the America West program on October 26th, 2009. Read the article here.

LAND/ART on inFocus

Tonight at 7 p.m. New Mexico inFocus will feature a discussion of LAND/ART with Lea Rekow, director of the CCA in Santa Fe, Suzanne Sbarge, director of 516 Arts, ABQ, Ryan Henel , Land Arts program alum and Bill Gilbert, Lannan Chair and director of the Land Arts of the American West program at UNM.

If you miss the project the link will be posted soon at :