A collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico


Erika Osborne, 2749 Years for Matchsticks (detail), 2009, graphite on matchbooks


  University of New Mexico Art Museum

Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West 2000 - 2006
August 28 – November 25, 2009
Reception Friday, September 25, 5-7pm


The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents twenty artists from Land Arts of the American West, an interdisciplinary field program in the Department of Art and Art History at UNM. Curated by Bill Gilbert, the Lannan Chair and Director of the Land Arts program and Michele M. Penhall, Curator, Prints and Photographs at the UNM Art Museum, the exhibition brings together former participants from this innovative studio program who continue to work on land art based projects. The exhibition includes video and installation works by Claire Long and Anna Keleher, Blake Gibson, Yoshimi Hayashi, Mark Hensel, Jennifer DePaolo Van Horn, and Bill Gilbert; works on paper and sculpture by Jeff Beekman, Erika Osborne, Blake Gibson, Geordie Shepherd, Elizabeth Hunt, Jeanette Hart-Mann, Brooke Steiger, Gabe Romero, and Peter Voshefski. There will also be four site specific works commissioned for the exhibition by Julie Anand, Jeanette Hart-Mann/Nina Dubois, Jess Dunn, and Ryan Henel. A performance by Gabe Romero and Johnathan Loth is scheduled for the opening night reception. Featured guest speakers will be announced at a later date. The University of New Mexico Art Museum is free and open to the public. More details on Dispersal/Return site projects.

For more information about the University of New Mexico Art Museum visit www.unmartmuseum.unm.edu

For more information about Land Arts of the American West program at the University of New Mexico visit landarts.unm.edu

images: left, Brook Steiger, Robin, 2009; center, Jeanette Hart-Mann, bulwark 1956, 2006; right, Jeff Beekman, Cauterized Globe (detail), 2008, burned globe

Bill Gilbert: Physiocartography 2005-2006
August 28 – November 25, 2009
Reception Friday, September 25, 5-7pm

A one person exhibition of works created by Land Arts of the American West program founder Bill Gilbert at various campsites along the journeys from years 2004-2007. The digital prints and videos included in this exhibition represent Gilbert's investigations of the disjunction between our abstract conceptions of the landscape and the physical experience of topography and climate.

image: Bill Gilbert, For John Wesley Powell, Attempts to Walk the Grid, Floating Island, September 5, 2006, Walk one hour in each cardinal direction. Orientation: true north, 40"x 40" digital print

UNM Art Museum Land Arts Film Fest
August – November

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In celebration of Dispersal/Return: Land Arts of the American West and Bill Gilbert: Physiocartography 2005-2006, the UNM Art Museum will present a Land Arts Film Fest, a semester-long festival of films about significant large-scale earthworks and conceptual art projects created across the United States since the 1960s.

All films will be screened at Keller Hall, located in the Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of New Mexico, adjacent to Popejoy Hall.

Thursday, September 3, 5:30pm

Smithson and Serra: Beyond Modernism
This documentary, produced by the Open University in the United Kingdom, explores the challenging dialectic of site-specific works by Robert Smithson and Richard Serra through an examination of seminal works by both artists. (25 minutes)

James Turrell: Passageways
In this overview produced by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 2006, James Turrell discusses his research on natural light and presents to the audience his masterpiece Roden Crater, located in Northern Arizona, which he has worked on since 1972. (26 minutes)


Thursday, September 10, 5:30pm

Robert Smithson: Spiral Jetty
Robert Smithson reveals the evolution of this monumental work, arguably one of the most famous earthwork projects, which resurfaced in Utah's Great Salt Lake in 2005 to new audiences and acclaim after being submerged for 30 years. (35 minutes)

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Valley Curtain
This Academy Award nominated film, directed by David and Albert Maysles, follows the construction of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's enormous (142,000 sq. feet of orange nylon) curtain suspended between two mountains in Rifle, Colorado. (28 minutes)

Thursday, September 17, 5:30pm

Ana Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra
This video portrait weaves together interviews with Ana Mendieta, other artists and filmed records of her earthworks and performance pieces to render a vivid testament of her extraordinary talent cut short in 1985 by her untimely and tragic death. (52 minutes)
Thursday, September 24, 5:30pm

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands
Completed in May of 1983, this documentary traces Christo and Jeanne-Claude's seven-day installation in which they and some four hundred volunteers wrapped the eleven islands in Biscayne Bay in pink polypropylene fabric. (57 minutes)

Please check the UNM Art Museum website for screening times and dates www.unm.edu/~artmuse/events.html
images provided by UNM Art Museum


Roi Kuper

Israeli photographer Roi Kuper has since the mid-1980s been working in the landscape, philosophically exploring and investigating it in both black and white and color work. Kuper has recently been honored with solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Herzliya Museum of Art and the Tate Modern, London, as well as being included in exhibitions at museums in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Berlin, Vienna and Guangdong, China, among other cities. He is an artist-in-residence at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History during the autumn of 2009. Kuper’s residency is made possible through a generous grant from The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. More details

Tuesday, October 6, 5:30pm
Notes from Abroad: Thoughts on Israeli Landscape
Lecture with Roi Kuper at University of New Mexico, location to be announced

Tricia Watts

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. Watts has participated as panelist at numerous conferences and has given lectures at art departments internationally. 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. She was Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, California (2005-08), where she curated Hybrid Fields, an exhibition of artists who create socially engaged art that inhabits a hybrid space where art and life, art and agriculture, converge. More details

Monday, November 2, 5:30pm
Art and Ecology: An International Perspective, lecture with Tricia Watts at Dane Smith Hall, room 127 (west of the terminus of Yale Blvd. N just south of Las Lomas NE on the UNM campus)

Bill Gilbert

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. He is co-curator with Michele M. Penhall, UNM Art Museum curator of prints and photographs. More details

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30pm
Land Arts of the American West: Investigations in Place
Lecture with Bill Gilbert at the University of New Mexico Art Museum

Ann Reynolds

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 teachinig 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. Through this study she will addressthe cinematic and social circumstances of the integration of various creative communities in New York during the 1940s through the 1960s. The project will be focused by a number of case studies of the intersections of art world cultures and subcultures, including those identified with specific immigrant communities. More details

Friday, November 13, 2pm
Dwelling: Lecture with Ann Reynolds at UNM's Center for Fine Arts, room 2018

Louise Fowler-Smith

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

Monday, November 16, 5:30pm
Re-Cognising the Land ILIRI, the Creative Laboratory and the Sacred Tree
Lecture with Louise Fowler-Smith at Dane Smith Hall, room 127 (west of the terminus of Yale Blvd. N just south of Las Lomas NE on the UNM campus)


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