Land Arts of the American West


Land Arts of the American West <> is an ongoing interdisciplinary experiment in a place-based arts pedagogy. The Land Arts program provides students with direct, physical engagement with a full range of human interventions in the landscape, from pre-contact Native America architecture, pictographs and petrogylphs to contemporary earthworks, federal infrastructure, and constructions of the US Military. Land Arts investigates cultural sites such as Chaco Canyon, Roden Crater, Hoover Dam, Wendover Complex of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Juan Mata Ortiz, Spiral Jetty, and the Very Large Array. The range of eco-niches at campsites such as the Grand Canyon, Grand Gulch, Gila Wilderness, Bosque del Apache and Otero Mesa Grasslands also provide locales for investigation and inhabitation. In 2011, Land Arts spent 48 days living and working throughout the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, during this time students explored the themes of utopian architecture and the border in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua.

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