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ARTLandish:
Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment

A series of talks, films, meet-ups, and more that explore our complex relationship with the world around us.

upcoming events

Lecture | Gustave Baumann: Artist and Artisan
Marty Krause, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Thursday, May 25 | 7 pm | FREE
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
In a time of mechanization, Gustave Baumann (German-American, 1881–1971)  chose the traditional and labor-intensive woodcut process for his modern compositions. Martin Krause, the leading expert on Baumann, will discuss the life and technique of this indefatigable artist.

Krause is curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He organized IMA's 2015 exhibition Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman - American Artist and edited The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann. Copies of the book will be for sale in The Museum Store, and a book signing will follow the talk.

Click here to read our blog post about the recent acquisition of Old Sant Fe (1925), a color woodblock print by Gustave Baumann.

Sun Tunnels Community Meet-up
Saturday, September 30 | 1-4 pm | FREE
Join the UMFA for a fun day of art and science at Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, an iconic work of Land art located in Utah's west desert. All ages and abilities are invited to explore the landscape, create art, and learn about the environment of the desert.

 

past events

Spiral Jetty Professional Development and Family Day
Saturday, November 5 | 9 am12 pm | FREE
For teachers and their families (ages 5+)
University of Utah Art and Art History Department
Teachers and their families attended a hands-on workshop led by Laura Decker, coordinator of educator programs, and Virginia Catherall, curator of education. The morning started with family art making. Then the kids created their own earthwork-inspired art while Museum educators discussed teaching practices to connect Land art and Utah's own Spiral Jetty at Great Salt Lake to classroom curriculum.

Trevor Paglen: Making the Invisible Visible
Thursday, October 27 | 7 pm | FREE
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
Trevor Paglen-geographer, photographer, and writer-presented on his work which utilizes the latest technologies to uncover top-secret infrastructures that define our present in what is often described as experimental geography. The event was a partnership with the Utah Humanities Book Festival.

Guillermo Galindo: Sonic Border
Thursday, October 6 | 7 pm | FREE
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
Experimental composer and artist Guillermo Galindo performed Sonic Border, his musical creation based on a collaboration with photographer Richard Misrach. The project involved fabricating musical instruments and graphic musical scores from items recovered at the U.S.-Mexico border. This transformational presentation marked the return of ARTLandish programming to the UMFA's Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium. 

Spiral Jetty Community Meet-up
Saturday, October 1 | 14 pm | FREE
Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Rozel Point
More than 200 visitors of all ages attended this fun, educational afternoon at Robert Smithton's Spiral Jetty on Great Salt Lake. Whitney Tassie, UMFA curator of modern and contemporary art, and Kelly Kivland, associate curator at Dia Art Foundation, addressed the history and importance of the iconic work. Educators from the UMFA and Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College guided exploration of the Land art work and the lake shore through art-making and science activities while University of Utah School of Music graduate students performed at the site.

UMFA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Thursday, September 15 | 11 am2 pm | FREE
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library
University students learned about objects in the UMFA permanent collection and the history of art in Utah, including the Land art movement. In the process, they updating more than forty Wikipedia pages. The event was organized in partnership with the Students' Museum Advisory Council and the Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts & Architecture Library at the Marriott Library.

Expanding Horizons With Land Art
Chris Taylor, Land Arts of the American West director
Tuesday, September 13 | 7 pm | FREE
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library
Chris Taylor, director of Land Art of the American West at Texas Tech University, discussed his approach to expanding the definition of Land art through direct engagement with human interventions in the landscape. Students participating in the semester-long transdisciplinary field experience shared their first-hand experiences.

Erasing Landscapes: Looting and Destruction from Syria to Utah
Thursday, August 25 | 7 pm | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library
This panel discussion raised awareness of the increasing threat to many of the world's cultural heritage sites. UMFA curator of antiquities Luke Kelly presented on the systematic looting and destruction of antiquities in Syria by ISIS; Bradley Parker, University of Utah director of the Upper Tigris Archeological Research Project, shared his first-hand account of looting in Peru; and State of Utah archaeologist Nate Thomas brought attention to sites in Utah marred by vandalism.

Studio Without Walls: Living Creatively Across Disciplines
Stephen Goldsmith, Center for the Living City
Thursday, July 28 | 7 pm | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library
Stephen Goldsmith reflected on the urban landscape of Salt Lake City. Goldsmith was the first artist to serve as planning director for Salt Lake City-or any other major American city. He views cities as landscapes and artworks, and the inhabitants as co-creators in the process of shaping the built environment.

Land Writers: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 16 | 7 pm | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library
The first ARTLandish event hosted by the Salt Lake City Public Library brought together a panel of scholars and Utah-based creative writers to explore the relationship between humans and nature in the literature of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Moderated by Leslie Anderson-UMFA curator for European, American, and regional art-distinguished panelists included Jeffrey McCarthy, Charles Waugh, and Paisley Rekdal.

Plein Air Painting in Utah
Thursday, May 26 | 7 pm | FREE
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library
Artists working en plein air (French, "in the open air") shared their personal quest for suitable landscape motifs. The panel featuring artists Patricia Kimball, Hadley Rampton, and Michael Workman was moderated by Leslie Anderson, curator of European, American, and regional art.

Third Saturday | Torn Paper Landscapes
Saturday, May 21 | 14 pm | FREE
University of Utah
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex Auditorium
Taking inspiration from the natural environment, as well as the many artists who've incorporated this form of art making into their work, participants of all ages used torn paper and chalk to create their own imaginative landscapes.

Sun Tunnels Community Meet-up
Saturday, April 30 | 14 pm | FREE
Great Basin Desert, Utah
The meet-up at Nancy Holt's renowned Land art work, Sun Tunnels, included art-making led by the education staff, live music from the University of Utah School of Music, an informational booth staffed by educators from the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College, and talks by UMFA curator Whitney Tassie and philosophy of space scholar Annika Schlitte.

Sun Tunnels Professional Development and Family Day
Saturday, April 23 | 10 am12 pm
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Program
Teachers and their families joined UMFA educators for a fun, hands-on workshop focused on Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels. The group began the morning by viewing nature through cardboard tubes-mimicking the tunnel vision experienced at the earthwork. Then teachers explored the library's collection of hand-made tunnel books while family members created their own Sun Tunnels-inspired art.

AP Art History Student Trip to Spiral Jetty
Monday, April 18 | 9 am5 pm
Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Rozel Point
Advanced placement art history students from Bingham High School joined UMFA educators for a daylong excursion to Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. Students created a Portrait of  Place memorializing their experience, made watercolor paintings, explored the natural environment, and analyzed how Land art works are experienced in person versus viewing reproductions.

Contemporary Utah Artists Working in the Landscape
Thursday, March 24 | 7 pm | FREE
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library
Utah is unlike any other place on the planet, as four local artists confirmed while sharing images of their work. The panel featured Julie Rada, University of Utah Raymond C. Morales post-MFA fellow; Adam Bateman, Contemporary Utah Art Center executive director and curator; Maria Sykes, principal at Arts & Culture at Epicenter, Green River; and Levi Jackson, Ogden-based photographer and sculptor.

Land Art on Film
Thursday, February 25 | 7 pm | FREE
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library
This rare screening of eight films and video artworks capturing artist interventions in the landscape featured materials from the original Land art movement as well as contemporary video art. The event was moderated by UMFA curator of modern and contemporary art Whitney Tassie. 

Mark Brest van Kempen
Tuesday, February 29 | 7 pm | FREE
University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library
Mark Brest van Kempen-2016 Marva and John Warnock Artist in Residence at the University of Utah's Department of Art and Art History-discussed the influence of Land art in his work. Brest van Kempen uses the landscape itself as sculptural material, from his Free Speech Monument on the University of California, Berkeley campus to Land Exchange at the National Academy of Art in China.

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
Saturday, January 16 | 7 pm | FREE
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
The UMFA launched ARTLandish with a special screening of Troublemakers, a film profiling key figures in the Land art movement and documenting their artworks. Paul "Monty" Paret, associate professor of art history and associate dean of the University of Utah Honors College, led a post-film discussion. 

 


SLIDE 1 | LEFT: Ransom Gillet Holdredge (American, 1836-1899), Brigham Canyon, Wasatch Mountains, Utah, c. 1870, oil on canvas, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian H. Pembroke, UMFA1977.236. RIGHT: Nancy Holt (American, 1938-2014), Sun Tunnels, 1973-76, Great Basin Desert,Utah, concrete, steel, and earth, UMFA photo. SLIDE 2 | Center for Land Use Interpretation (American), Great Salt Lake Landscan, 2013, detail, HD video, commissioned by the UMFA, University of Utah, with funds from the Phyllis Cannon Wattis Endowment for Modern and Contemporary Art, UMFA2013.5.1. SLIDE 3 | LEFT: Henry L. A. Culmer (American, 1854-1914), View of Salt Lake Valley, ca. 1900, oil on canvas, gift of Joseph J. Palmer and Wayne G. Petty and the heirs of O. Wood Moyle III and H. James Harwood by exchange, UMFA2011.18.1. RIGHT: Robert Smithson (American, 1938-1973), Spiral Jetty, 1970, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, black basalt rock, salt crystals, earth, water. UMFA photo. SLIDE 4 | Center for Land Use Interpretation (American), Great Salt Lake Landscan, 2013, detail, HD video, commissioned by the UMFA, University of Utah, with funds from the Phyllis Cannon Wattis Endowment for Modern and Contemporary Art, UMFA2013.5.1. SLIDE 5 | LEFT: Robert Smithson (American, 1938-1973), Spiral Jetty, 1970, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, black basalt rock, salt crystals, earth, water. UMFA photo.RIGHT: Jonas Lie (American, 1880-1940), Bingham Mine, 1917, oil on canvas, purchased with funds from the Phyllis Cannon Wattis Endowment for Modern and Contemporary Art, UMFA2009.1.1.


 

Events are FREE and open to the public.

Free parking for evening events is available in the Museum lot and parking garage east of the pay lot as you continue around the Business loop. Click here for a parking map. Be sure to prepay at the kiosk if you park in the pay lot. 


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