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Published: 04/07/2009

LAND/ART Symposium Weekend

part of a collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico, June - November 2009
Art • Nature • CommunityWHEN: June 27 - 28, 2009

WHERE: The Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd. NW, 505-243-7255,
516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, 505-242-1445,
& outdoor locations

HOW MUCH: All events are free except the bus tour with the Center for Land Use Interpretation
($35/$25 students)

Suzanne Sbarge, Project Coordinator, 516 ARTS, 505-242-1445,

Coordinated by:
516 ARTS • 516 Central Avenue SW • Abuquerque, NM 87102
t. 505.242-1445 •

In the summer and fall of 2009 a group of New Mexico arts organizations will join together to present LAND/ART,
exploring relationships of land, art and community through exhibitions, site-specifi c art works, lectures, performances, tours, excursions and a culminating book. Focusing on “environmental” or “land” art, the collaboration seeks to address our changing relationship to nature, and to offer a new or previously unconsidered understanding of the place in which we live. The LAND/ART Symposium Weekend will take place around the opening of Experimental Geography at the Albuquerque Museum, and include a series of artists’ talks, discussions, excursions and tours.

Saturday, June 27: 9am-6pm: 
Excursion/bus tour with the Center for Land Use Interpretation
Departs from the Albuquerque Museum parking lot.

8pm: 516 WORDS Poetry Reading featuring Native American poets
including Nora Yazzie & George Ann Gregory - at 516 ARTS

Sunday, June 28: 
At the Albuquerque Museum:
11am: Artist talk with Lynne Hull: Environmental Art from Lascaux to Last Week
1pm: Panel Discussion: Matthew Coolidge, Katie Holten, Lize Mogel, Lea Rekow
moderated by Bill Gilbert

2-4pm: Opening reception for Experimental Geography and The Shape of Time
4pm: Artist talk & river excursion with Basia Irland

June 27 - 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 9am-6pm
Excursion/Bus Tour with the Center for Land Use Interpretation
The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) will take passengers on a guided bus tour through
some of the more compelling and dramatic built landscapes of New Mexico, places at the core of
this landscape-centered state. The tour will examine the cultural stratigraphy of the contemporary
technological sublime, the veneer of test space, the reach upwards, the security of entombment and
the fl are of the nuclear furnace. The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research organization
involved in exploring, examining and understanding land and landscape issues. While their work
is conceptual in its approach, its content is designed to be accessible to a wide audience beyond
the art world. Their use of factual research and rational dialogue opens doors for communication
and education about Land Art and environmental issues in a new arena which is gaining national
and international recognition. 516 ARTS will present a site-specifi c project with CLUI for LAND/ART
(August 1 - September 19). Project coordinated by Kathleen Shields.

Departure from the Albuquerque Museum parking lot.

Fee: $35/$25 students • To register, call 505-242-1445 or email

Saturday, June 27, 8pm
516 WORDS Poetry Reading with Native Poets at 516 ARTS
This reading in the gallery features indigenous voices celebrating the sacred relationship between
language and the surrounding natural environment. Focusing on poetry anchored in the perspective
of the original inhabitants of this land, the reading includes contemporary works written in the
English language and traditional poems sung and recited in the indigenous languages of the tribes.
Poets include Nora Yazzie, George Ann Gregory and others to be announced. Organized by Lisa Gill
and Richard Vargas, presented in partnership with the UNM M.F.A. in Creative Writing program.

At the Albuquerque Museum:
Sunday, June 28, 11am
Artist Talk with Lynne Hull: Environmental Art from Lascaux to Last Week
Presented with THE LAND/an art site,
Guest artist Lynne Hull will give a talk spanning the history of the earliest human art (which
was environmental art) through contemporary artists interpreting nature, artists interacting
with environmental forces, artists proposing new relationships with the environment and artists
intervening in the environment on behalf of conservation and restoration. Hull creates sculpture
installations as wildlife habitat enhancement and eco-atonement for human impact. She has worked
nationally and internationally with a wide variety of wildlife agencies and communities.

Sunday, June 28, 1pm
LAND/ART Panel Discussion
Presented by 516 ARTS & the Albuquerque Museum
This panel will explore the evolution of Land Art into pyschogeography, land use interpretation,
environmental art and eco art with a particular focus on the American West. Bill Gilbert, artist and
Lannan Chair of the Land Arts of the American West program at UNM, will moderate the discussion
with panelists Matthew Coolidge, Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation; artist Katie
Holten from Ireland/New York; Lize Mogel, author of An Atlas of Radical Cartography; and Lea
Rekow, Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts. (biographies attached)

Sunday, June 28, 2-4pm
Opening receptions for Experimental Geography and
The Shape of Time: Photographs of Star Axis by Edward Ranney 1979 - 2009
at the Albuquerque Museum (June 28 - September 20)
Experimental Geography explores the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth,
as well as the juncture where the two realms collide and possibly make a new fi eld altogether. The exhibition presents a panoptic view of this new practice through a wide range of mediums including interactive computer units, sound and video installations, photography, sculpture, and experimental cartography created by 19 artists or artist teams from six countries as well as the United States. Curated by Nato Thompson and organized by Independent Curators International, the exhibition is based on the notions that geography benefi ts from the study of specifi c histories, sites and memories, and that every estuary, landfi ll and cul-de-sac has a story to tell.

The Shape of Time: Photographs of Star Axis by Edward Ranney 1979 - 2009
Edward Ranney has photographed the growth of the earth-sculpture Star Axis since 1979, when artist Charles Ross
began constructing the eleven story Star Tunnel near Las Vegas, New Mexico. The large-format photographs Ranney has taken each year since then reveal a major site growing out of its own rubble. For Ranney, with his extensive experience photographing pre-Columbian sites of ancient America, this process might be described as a kind of visual archaeology in reverse. Inherent in a project spanning a generation are visual observations of the power of a specifi c site as it grows and changes over time, as well as a poetic sense of the changing shape of time itself.

Sunday, June 28, 4pm
Artist Talk & River Excursion with Basia Irland
Presented with the Center for Contemporary Arts,
Basia Irland will show a short fi lm at the Albuquerque Museum about her carved ice books embedded with riparian seeds that have been gifted to streams around the world. Immediately following the fi lm, she will lead a short excursion to the Rio Grande for the “launching” of ice books into the river. The seeds will be released into the river as the ice melts in the current. When the plants regenerate and grow along the bank, they help sequester carbon, hold the banks in place and provide shelter. Basia Irland’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in 22 permanent collections, including the Albuquerque Museum. and she has received numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright Senior Research Award to Southeast Asia. Books about her work include Water Cycle (Pyramid Atlantic Press) and River Reciprocity (Salient Seedling Press). For LAND/ART, the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe will present Basia Irland’s ice sculptures and photography (July 3 - 31)

For a complete listing of LAND/ART activities June - November 2009, please visit
or contact 516 ARTS for a printed program guide 505-242-1445,

Travel Information
A Hotel Rate Package for LAND/ART Weekend is available from the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Albuquerque. Discounted rooms are available for $109 on June 26, 27 and 28. To receive the discount, call Melissa Lopez at 505-247-7088 and mention the code word “Art”. For information about the hotel, visit The Doubletree Hotel is walking distance from 516 ARTS and a short bus or cab ride from the Albuquerque Museum.

For visitor information, visit the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau web site
For the Downtown Arts & Entertainment Guide, visit
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