A collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico

 


 

 

LAND/ART Guest Speakers & Performers


June – November, 2009


LAND/ART included lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, performances
and events with special guests at a variety of venues and outdoor sites.
Below is an archived listing of guest speakers and performers.

 





























 
 


LAURIE ANDERSON



Laurie Anderson is one of the seminal artists of our time. Her genre-crossing work encompasses performance, film, music, installation, writing, photography and sculpture. She explores the contemporary meanings of freedom and time as well as the tangled ways in which we decide what is beautiful now. Much of Anderson’s work explores the interaction of art, technology and science, a common theme for land-based artists, many of whom have explored the stars and planets as reflected on earth. Anderson performed Burning Leaves: A Retrospective of Song and Stories at the KiMo Theatre, followed by a reception at 516 ARTS, where her piece Hidden Inside Mountains was featured, which "uses telegraphic language to describe the scale and sensuality of nature." The next night she participated in a talk and screening on the dome of the Plantarium addressing how artists are working with scientific technologies.

For more information visit www.laurieanderson.com

Presented by AMP Concerts, 516 ARTS & the UNM ARTS Lab, with support from McCune Charitable Foundation.

Tuesday, June 9, 7pm & 9pm
Dome Projections & Discussions at the Planetarium, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, 1801 Mountain Rd NW
presented by UNM ARTS Lab, 516 ARTS & AMP Concerts

Wednesday, June 10, 7:30pm
Burning Leaves Solo Concert at the KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW
presented by AMP Concerts & 516 ARTS
Followed by reception at 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave SW



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SUZANNE GARRIGUES



Suzanne Garrigues presented Re-Visioning Land Art: Earthworks to Eco-Art as part of The LAND/an art site's Environmental Art speakers series.

Saturday, June 13, 2pm
at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum/


Presented by THE LAND/an art site

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LYNNE HULL



Lynne creates sculpture installations as wildlife habitat enhancement and eco-atonement for human impact. Seeking to mend western civilization's split between human and non-human nature Lynne Hull confers on the human artist the role of curator of the Earth's living art gallery. “I am increasingly aware that the greatest challenge faced by other species is the need for change in human values and attitudes toward conflicting rights, wants, and needs. Science daily offers new information, but do bar graphs and statistics lead to wisdom? It has been the venue of artists, poets, philosophers to create new myths, revise the stories, encourage the shifts in attitude we must have for all to survive in the long range. I hope my work offers models for equitable solutions."

She has worked in 8 countries and 14 US states with a wide variety of wildlife agencies and communities. In the American West Lynne continues to work with state wildlife departments, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. “I prefer direct collaboration with wildlife specialists, environmental interpreters, landscape architects, and local people for design integration. The artworks function in the temporal gap between the time reclamation of damaged sites begins and the time nature recovers.”

For more information visit www.eco-art.org

Presented by THE LAND/an art site

Sunday, June 28, 11am
Lecture, Environmental Art from Lascaux to Last Week
at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum/

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Sunday, June 28, 1pm

PANEL DISCUSSION FOR LAND/ART SYMPOSIUM WEEKEND
at the Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum

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MATTHEW COOLIDGE




Matthew Coolidge is the director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and has been since its inception in 1994. The CLUI takes a broadly interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of land use, drawing on the natural sciences, sociology, museumology, art, architecture, and history. The work of the Center has been presented in museums and noncommercial exhibit spaces, nationally and abroad, as well as in the institution’s network of public exhibit facilities. The Center maintains an online database of unusual and exemplary land use in the United States, publishes books, operates a residence program and interpretive site in the salt flats of Utah, and conducts public tours. It currently has offices and field stations in Los Angeles and Barstow, California; Troy, New York; Wendover, Utah; and Houston, Texas. Coolidge teaches in the curatorial practice program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is the author and editor of several books, including Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and The Nevada Test Site: A Guide to the Nation's Nuclear Proving Ground. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004, a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2005, and the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian in 2006.

For more information visit www.clui.org

Presented by 516 ARTS


KATIE HOLTEN



Katie Holten grew up in rural Ireland and studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. For many years Katie travelled from project to project and in 2003 she represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale. Katie currently lives in New York City after undertaking a Fulbright Scholarship there from 2004 - 2006. In 2007 she had her first museum solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and she currently has a solo exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art. Motivated by cultural, political, and social circumstances, Holten makes drawings, installations, sculptures, books, and ephemeral works that are focused on the relationship between the individual and her environment. Her work has been reviewed in ArtForum, Art in America, ARTnews, DU, The Irish Times, Vogue, The Sunday Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Presented by 516 ARTS
Featured in the exhibition Here & There: Seeing New Ground. More details

For more information visit www.katieholten.com


LIZE MOGEL



Lize Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist who works with the interstices between art and cultural geography. She inserts and distributes and cartographic projects into public space and in publications. She is co-editor of the book/map collection An Atlas of Radical Cartography and co-curator of the exhibition An Atlas, which is touring internationally. She also co-curated Genius Loci, an exhibition of conceptual mappings of Los Angeles (Sci-Arc, Los Angeles, California Museum of Photography, Riverside). She has worked with groups including the Center for Land Use Interpretation and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Exhibitions include the Gwangju Bienniale (South Korea,) Gallery 400 (Chicago), common room (NYC), Overgaden (Copenhagen), and Experimental Geography (ICI, touring).

LEA REKOW



Lea Rekow is currently Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is active in media-making, curating, arts consulting, publishing and filmmaking. She founded Gigantic ArtSpace, curates for PS1 radio, is cultural advisor to the Australian consulate in New York, is an associate of Lalutta Media Collective and a member of New York Women in Film and Television. She has lived and traveled in developing countries for most of her adult life. She has produced numerous ethnographic projects, has performed with media-activist group EBN, and produced several publications, including DRIFT with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Previously, she worked as director of Harmonic Ranch, director at the Center for Peace and Human Security, taught at Pratt Institute and as a producer for Simon and Schuster Interactive. She has shown her work across the U.S. and in Taiwan, Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, Canada, Australia, France, Korea, England and Ireland. Her work as a filmmaker, artist, curator and gallerist has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, Time Out New York and more. She holds a Masters degree in film and digital media and is a doctoral candidate at Griffith University, focusing on environmentally impacted sites and new energy initiatives in New Mexico.


Panel Moderator:

BILL GILBERT



Bill Gilbert is an artist and professor whose work has addressed the environments and communities of New Mexico for the past 30 years. He currently 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 numerous exhibits and authored essays for the potters of Juan Mata Ortiz, Mexico and produced the video Mata Ortiz Today which has aired previously on KNME. As part of the SiteWorks project, will complete Walk to Work following a straight line from his house in Cerrillos, New Mexico to his office at UNM.

For more information visit landarts.unm.edu

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BASIA IRLAND



Basia Irland creates international water projects that are featured in her book, Water Library (University of New Mexico Press, 2007). She is currently working on commissioned river projects in Belgium and Washington State. She creates rainwater harvesting systems, community projects along lengths of rivers and waterborne disease projects around the world, most recently in Egypt, Ethiopia, India and Nepal. She is the recipient of over forty grants including a Senior Fulbright Research Award for Southeast Asia, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship Grant, and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Grant. She has produced seven video documentaries, and has exhibited and lectured extensively around the world.

For more information visit www.unm.edu/~basia/BIRLAND

Presented by the Center for Contemporary Art and the Albuquerque Museum

Sunday, June 28, 4pm
Talk & River Excursion with Basia Irland at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum/

This event was in conjunction with Irland’s exhibition receding/reseeding at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe (July 3-31, 2009).

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EDWARD RANNEY with CHARLES ROSS



In 1978, Edward Ranney began working collaboratively with Charles Ross to photograph the creation of Ross’ earthwork sculpture, Star Axis. Ranney annually photographs Star Axis, a celestial observatory near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Standing eleven stories high and measuring one tenth of a mile across, this sculpture places viewers inside the trajectory of the earth’s axis. Both Ranney and Ross discussed their participation in the project. This program was in conjunction with the exhibition The Shape of Time: Photographs of Star Axis by Edward Ranney, 1979 - 2009. Edward Ranney is a renowned photographer of archeological monuments and landscapes. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe among others. Charles Ross, part of the originating artists of the Land Art movement, conceived of Star Axis in 1971.

Presented by the Albuquerque Museum

Sunday, August 30, 1pm
Artist Talk with Edward Ranney & Charles Ross
at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum

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WILLIAM L. FOX




William L. Fox is a writer, independent scholar, and poet whose work is a sustained inquiry into how human cognition transforms land into landscape. Fox has published poems, articles, reviews, and essays in more than seventy magazines, has had fourteen collections of poetry published in three countries, and has written eight nonfiction books about the relationships among art, cognition, and landscape. He has taught rock climbing at the University of Nevada, as well as led treks in the Himalaya. In 2001-02 he spent two-and-a-half months in the Antarctic with the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Program. Fox has also worked as a team member of NASA’s Haughton-Mars Project, which tests methods of exploring Mars on Devon Island in [the Canadian High Arctic.] He was a visiting scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, has twice been a Lannan Foundation writer-in-residence, and has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information visit www.wlfox.net

Saturday, September 5, 6-9pm
Lecture, Cognition, Land and Landscape
at THE LAND/gallery, 419 Granite Ave SW, Albuquerque, t. 505-242-1501, www.landartsite.org

Sunday, September 6, 2:00pm
Lecture, Discovering a Vocabulary in the Landscape
at THE LAND/an art site in Mountainair, New Mexico, t. 505-242-1501, www.landartsite.org

Above events presented by THE LAND/an art site

Tuesday, September 8, 6pm

Lecture
, Art of the Anthropocene at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, 505-989-1199, www.sitesantafe.org

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

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Saturday, October 3, 2pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
at 516 ARTS
516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, 505-242-1445, www.516arts.org


MICHAEL P. BERMAN




Michael Berman was born in New York City in 1956. In 1974, he went west to Colorado College where he studied biology and worked with Peregrine Falcons. He received a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship in photography. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum and the Museum of New Mexico. He has received Painting Fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Wurlitzer Foundation; his installations, photographs and paintings have been reviewed in Art in America, and exhibited throughout the country. In 2009, the University of Texas, Austin will publish Trinity, the third book of the border trilogy The History of the Future, with the writer Charles Bowden. He lives in the Mimbres Valley in Southwest New Mexico.

For more information visit www.fragmentedimages.com

Presented by 516 ARTS


ERIKA BLUMENFELD



Erika Blumenfeld is an internationally exhibiting artist with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from Parsons School of Design in New York. Foregoing the use of a traditional camera, she directly exposes light sensitive photographic papers, films, and digital media to the ever-changing sunlight and moonlight. The resulting photo-based works and video installations are documentations of light as seen through the cycles of astronomic and atmospheric events. Blumenfeld’s installations have been exhibited widely at galleries, museums and non-profits in the US and Europe. Her work has been featured in Art in America, ARTnews, Arte Contemporary, and Camera Arts magazines, and is included in The Polaroid Book published by Taschen.

For more information visit www.erikablumenfeld.com

Presented by Richard Levy Gallery


DAVID TAYLOR



David Taylor is an Associate Professor at New Mexico State University, where he teaches photography. Much of his artwork reevaluates the narratives that form our understanding of the American West. By amplifying idiosyncratic confluences of time, place and event, Taylor attempts to reveal a more complex and varied history than is accommodated by a monolithic national allegory. His photo constructions, multimedia installations and artist’s books have been in group and solo exhibitions at the El Paso Museum of Art, SF Camerawork, the Society for Contemporary Photography and Northlight Gallery. Taylor’s work is in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Washington State Arts Commission the El Paso Museum of Art and Fidelity Investments. Taylor was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his ongoing documentation of the U.S./Mexico border.

For more information visit www.dtaylorphoto.com

Presented by 516 ARTS

Panel Moderator:

MARY ANNE REDDING



Mary Anne Redding, a curator, archivist, and arts administrator is the Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. Past experience includes working as the director and curator of the Light Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. While in Las Cruces, she received a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of regional artists of the southwest. She has written for various publications including reviews for Photo-Eye Magazine; Pasatiempo; Passing Through, Settling In an exhibition at the Rubin Center for the Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso; an essay in Visions of America: Contemporary Art from the Essl Collection and the Sonnebend Collection, New York, a catalogue published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Sammlung Essl Kunst der Gegenwart in Vienna, Austria, as well as many other exhibition catalogues.

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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.

Presented by the University of New Mexico Art Museum


Tuesday, October 6, 5:30pm
Notes from Abroad: Thoughts on Israeli Landscape
Lecture with Roi Kuper at University of New Mexico
505-277-4001, unmartmuseum.unm.edu




REBECCA SOLNIT




Rebecca Solnit is the author of twelve books, including 2007's Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics, 2005's A Field Guide to Getting Lost, 2004's Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, and 2003's River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, which won a Guggenheim in its research phase and several awards. An activist and a longtime San Franciscan, she writes about landscape, cities and other geographies, the environment, politics and visual culture. A contributing editor to Harper's, columnist for Orion, and frequent contributor to Tomdispatch.com, she is also a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award. Her next book is titled A Paradise Built in Hell: the Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster (Viking), to be released in time for the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Presented by Lannan Foundation.

Wednesday, October 21, 7pm
Readings & Conversations: Rebecca Solnit at the Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco St., Santa Fe


For more info on Lannan visit www.lannan.org

photo courtesy of Jim Herrington

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PATRICK DOUGHERTY



Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World

Combining his carpentry skills with his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, MapleBodyWrap was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists' Exhibition sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one person show entitled, Waiting It Out In Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environments which required saplings by the truckloads. During the last two decades, he has built over 150 works throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

For more information visit www.stickwork.net

Presented by Bosque School

Thursday, October 22, 4pm
Artist Talk at Bosque School, Budagher Hall, 4000 Learning Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-898-6388, www.bosqueschool.org

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CHARLES BOWDEN



Charles Bowden is the author of twelve books including Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future (his latest book), A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Dog; Down By the River: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family; Juárez: The Laboratory of our Future; Blood Orchid; An Unnatural History of America and (with Michael Binstein) Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions. He was Winner of the 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction. Bowden is a correspondent for GQ, and writes for Harpers, Mother Johns and National Geographic. He resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Charles Bowden was the keynote speaker for the 2009
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Conference at Bosque School focusing on grasslands in conjunction with LAND/ART and Michael P. Berman’s Grasslands exhibition at 516 ARTS. The conference included activities relating to LAND/ART and wilderness related workshops. More details

Presented by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

For more information visit www.nmwild.org

Saturday, October 24, 11am-3pm
2009 NMWA Conference held at Bosque School, 4000 Learning Rd, Albuquerque, www.bosqueschool.org


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DJ SPOOKY
Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica


   

DJ Spooky/Paul D. Miller’s next large scale multimedia performance work will be an acoustic portrait of a rapidly changing continent. Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica transforms Miller’s first person encounter with the harsh, dynamic landscape into multimedia portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass. Miller’s field recordings from a portable studio, set up to capture the acoustic qualities of Antarctic ice forms, reflect a changing and even vanishing environment under duress. Coupled with historic, scientific, and geographical visual material, Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica is a seventy minute performance, creating a unique and powerful moment around man’s relationship with nature. More details

Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica follows Miller’s highly acclaimed performance work DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation, which he has performed in Athens, London, Rome, Paris, Sydney, Auckland, New York, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, The University of Michigan and at numerous other festivals, universities and theaters.

Presented by Outpost Performance Space & 516 ARTS, with support from McCune Charitable Foundation.

Saturday, October 24, 7:30pm
at the KiMo Theatre
Followed by a post-show reception at Richard Levy Gallery & Open House at 516 ARTS, 9-10:30pm

Reception at Richard Levy Gallery coincides with Erika Blumenfield, also exploring Antarctica


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LINDA WIENTRAUB


THE LAND/an art site in Mountainair presented a presentation of the site-specific community project Kiva Process on digging down and building up with Linda Weintraub and Skip Schuckmann.

Saturday, October 25, 2pm
Public talk and presentation in Mountainair

Presented by The LAND/an art site



NANCY HOLT


photo by Matthew Coolidge

Nancy Holt has lived for the last decade in Galisteo, New Mexico. A pioneer in site-specific public sculpture, she also makes films, videotapes, artists' books, and installations. Among her numerous public art projects are Up and Under in a sand quarry in Nokia, Finland; Sun Tunnels in the Utah desert; Dark Star Park in Arlington, Virginia; Catch Basin in Toronto, Canada; and Sole Source in Dublin, Ireland. She is the recipient of many awards including five National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two New York Creative Artist Fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Holt's sculptures emerge out of the environment and are intimately connected to the topography, psychology and history of each place. The artworks of concrete, brick, stonemasonry, earth and /or steel draw viewers inside, surrounding and enclosing them, while creating a sense of expansiveness through layers of openings and tunnels. Perception, space, and light are key concerns.

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

Tuesday, October 27, 6pm
Talk at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM, 505-989-1199, www.sitesantafe.org

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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.

Presented by UNM Art Museum

For more information visit www.ecoartspace.org

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)

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LAURA STEWARD



Laura Steward is the Phillips Director and Curator of SITE Santa Fe, a non-profit contemporary art space located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 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. Heon is a Fellow of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, a member of the Contemporary Curator’s Conference, and a Peer Reviewer of the Design Excellence Program of the General Services Administration, which commissions works of art for new federal buildings. She has served as adjunct faculty at Williams College and Bennington College, lectures widely, and has authored many exhibition catalogues. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Williams/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art
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Tuesday, November 3, 6pm
Contemporary Art in Context, The Three P’s of Land Art: Principles, Poetics and Politics

Principles by Laura Steward

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

For more information
visit www.sitesantafe.org



JOANNE LEFRAK



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. She exhibits her art nationally and internationally.

Tuesday, November 10, 6pm
Contemporary Art in Context, The Three P’s of Land Art: Principles, Poetics and Politics
Poetics by Joanne Lefrak

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

For more information
visit www.sitesantafe.org

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BILL GILBERT




Bill Gilbert began teaching sculpture at UNM in the Department of Art and Art History in 1987. He has long held an interest in redefining the very nature of how students are educated in the visual arts. This vision became a reality– the Land Arts of the American West program, an interdisciplinary, field based studio curriculum – with support from Dean Christopher Mead, College of Fine Arts, former UNM President Louis Caldera, and Patrick Lannan, President of the Lannan Foundation who endowed the Lannan Foundation Chair in the Land Arts of the American West program, which Gilbert now holds. 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. Two years later, he began collaborating with Chris Taylor from The University of Texas at Austin, and during the next four years they traveled with dozens of students, guest artists, writers and historians throughout the Southwest and parts of Mexico. 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. 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.

Presented by the University of New Mexico Art Museum

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30pm
Land Arts of the American West: Investigations in Place
at the UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, t. 505-277-2868, www.unm.edu/~artmuse

For more information on the Land Arts of the American West program visit landarts.unm.edu


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JONI M PALMER



This event was 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 approach (definition, even). This talk was intended to provoke a deeper conversation between the two, exploring the gray areas as well as the black and white, and for questioning intentionality, audience, and collaboration as they are relevant to the future efforts of the City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program.

Presented by the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program

Thursday, November 12, 6pm

De/Briefing: Land Art, Public Art, and Planning for the Future of Albuquerque
, talk with joni m palmer
at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/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. Her recent publications include essays on Zoe Leonard's Dia Beacon installation So You See I am Here After All, Brazilian concrete and neo-concrete art, Parker Tyler and queer animation, feminist exhibitions and publics circa 1970, Ruth Vollmer, Eva Hesse, and the role of the cinematic imaginary during the 1960s, Minimalism; Nancy Spero's New York subway mosaics, a book entitled Robert Smithson: Learning From New Jersy and Elsewhere (MIT Press, 2003), and several essays on Smithson written in conjunction with his recent retrospective. Currently, she is working on a new book-length project tentatively entitled Home Movies: Creativity, Community, and Publics in New York, 1940-1970. Through this study she will address the 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. During the fall of 2006, she was a Fellow at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA. Since arriving at the University of Texas in 1991, she has received three major teaching awards, most recently the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006.

Presented by the University of New Mexico Art Museum

Friday, November 13, 2pm

Dwelling
, lecture with Ann Reynolds
at the Center for the Arts on the UNM campus, room 2018
t. 505-277-2868, www.unm.edu/~artmuse



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. As an environmentally concerned artist, her inquiry has been driven for many years by her belief in the universal need to reframe contemporary worldviews and the role that the artist can play in representing a new philosophical framework around the land. Her most recent work focuses on the veneration of trees, a subject she was drawn to not only for its enchanting beauty, but its ability to protect trees from loggers. Her article titled "Hindu Tree Veneration as a Mode of Environmental Encounter" was published in the February 2009 issue of Leonardo: The Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (v.42, no.1: accessed under "general articles" at www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/42/1).

Presented by the University of New Mexico Art Museum

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)
for more information contact the UNM Art Museum, Center for the Arts, Albuquerque, t. 505-277-2868, www.unm.edu/~artmuse



JANET DEES



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. She was the curator of Model Citizens: Nicole Awai, Lennon Jno Baptiste, Tony Gray, Wangechi Mutu at Roger Smith Gallery in New York in 2002 and in 2008 she curated In Remembrance: Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection, University of Delaware Gallery.

Tuesday, November 17, 6pm
Contemporary Art in Context, The Three P’s of Land Art: Principles, Poetics and Politics

Politics by Janet Dees

Presented by SITE Santa Fe

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DAVID ABRAM



Cultural ecologist and philosopher, David Abram is the director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics. He is author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, for which he received the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction. An accomplished storyteller and sleight-of-hand magician who has lived and traded magic with indigenous sorcerers in Indonesia, Nepal and the Americas, Abram lectures and teaches widely on several continents. His work engages the ecological depths of the imagination, exploring the ways in which sensory experience, poetics and wonder inform our relation with the animate earth. Abram's essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray appear often in such journals as Adbusters, Orion, Environmental Ethics, Tikkun, Parabola and The Ecologist. He was named by the Utne Reader as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world. In 2005, he was invited to give the keynote address for the United Nations World Environment Week to 70 mayors from the largest cities around the world. He maintains a passionate interest in interspecies communication, and in the rejuvenation of oral culture. He is currently completing a book on the ecology of wonder. To read David's recent article The Air Aware: Mind and Mood on a Breathing Planet, featured in the September/October issue of Orion Magazine click here.

Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm
Discourse of the Birds

Conversation with David Abram at 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, 505-242-144, www.516arts.org

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