LAND ARTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST is a studio-based, field study program dedicated to the investigation of land arts from pre-contact Native American to contemporary Euro-American cultures. Land arts practices can include everything from constructing a road, to taking a walk, to building a monument, to leaving a mark in the sand. We learn from the fact that Donald Judd surrounded himself with both contemporary sculpture and Navajo rugs; that Chaco Canyon and Roden Crater function as celestial instruments; and that the Very Large Array is a scientific research center with a powerful aesthetic presence on the land. LAND ARTS operates as a collaboration between Studio Art at the University of New Mexico and Design at the University of Texas at Austin. Fourteen students led by two faculty, spend a semester living and working in the southwestern landscape with guest scholars and artists in disciplines including archeology, art history, architecture, ceramics, criticism, writing, design, and studio art.

In LAND ARTS, participants become cognizant of human interventions in their region across time and cultures. Occupying the land for weeks at a time, living as a nomadic group and working directly in the environment, we navigate issues of culture, site, community and self.

The program is directed by Bill Gilbert of the University of New Mexico and Chris Taylor of the University of Texas in Austin. For more information, visit the Land Arts Web site.


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