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Twin Buttes – 27 Aug 2013 – Seminar 1

  • Program introduction and orientation. Archive protocols.
  • Canfield, Michael (editor). Field Notes on Science and Nature. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011, pp. viii-xiii, 161-185.
Supplemental reading:
Adams, John Luther. The Place Where You Go to Listen: in search of the ecology of music. Middleton, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2009, pp. 1-10.
Denk, Jeremy. “Earth Music: The Great Animal Orchestra, by Bernie Krause.” New York Times, April 12, 2012, p. BR1.
Taussig, Michael. “Field Notebooks” in dOCUMENTA (13). Ostefildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2012, pp. 60-65.

Chaco Canyon – 29 Aug 2013 – Seminar 2

  • Brody, J.J. "Chaco Canyon and the Interactions of Nature, Culture, Art and History" in Taylor, Chris and Bill Gilbert. Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 163-173.
Supplemental reading:
Kuletz, Valerie L. “Introduction.” The Tainted Desert: environmental and social ruin in the American West. New York: Routledge, 1998, pp. 3-18.

Muley Point – 31 Aug 2013 – Screening

  • Meek’s Cuttoff by Kelly Reichardt (2010) 104 minutes.

Muley Point – 1 Sep 2013 – Seminar 3

  • Solnit, Rebecca. “Blue of Distance” in A Field Guide to Getting Lost. New York: Viking, 2005, pp. 155-176.
Supplemental reading:
Mann, Charles C. Excerpt from 1491: new revelations of the Americas before Columbus. New York: Knopf, 2005, published in The Atlantic Monthly, March 2002.

Goblin Valley – 4 Sep 2013 – Seminar 4

  • Ballard, J.G. “Terminal Beach” in The Best Short Stories of J.G. Ballard. New York: Picador, 1978, pp. 244-264.
  • Coolidge, Matthew. “Out There with the Center for Land Use Interpretation” in Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 202-213.
Supplemental reading:
Zalasiewicz, Jan, et al. “Are we now living in the Anthropocene?” GSA Today. 18, no. 2, 2008, pp. 4-8.)
Rugoff, Ralph. “Circling the Center” in Overlook: exploring the internal frings of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation. New York: Metropolis Books, 2006, pp. 35-41.

Rozel Point – 6 Sep 2013 – Screening

  • Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson (1970) 35 minutes.

Rozel Point – 7 Sep 2013 – Seminar 5

  • Smithson, Robert. “The Spiral Jetty” in Holt, Nancy (editor). The Writings of Robert Smithson. New York: New York University Press, 1979, pp. 109-116.
  • Reynolds, Ann. “At the Jetty” in Robert Smithson: Spiral Jetty. Berkeley and New York: University of California Press and Dia Art Foundation, 2005, pp. 73-78.

Mormon Mesa – 16 Sep 2013 – Seminar 6

  • Molesworth, Helen. “Josiah McElheny: A Dictionary of 1deas” in Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite. Ostfildern, Germany and Boston: Hatje Cantz and ICA Boston, 2012, pp. 8-27.
Supplemental reading:
Smithson, Robert. “Tour of the Monuments of Passiac, New Jersey” in Holt, Nancy (editor). The Writings of Robert Smithson. New York: New York University Press, 1979, pp. 52-57.

Cebolla Canyon – 22 Sep 2013 – Seminar 7

  • Lippard, Lucy. “Peripheral Vision” in Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 337-345.
Supplemental reading:
Fox, William L. “The Myth of the Empty” in Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2002, pp. 2-19.

Marfa – 2 Oct 2013 – Seminar 8

  • Reynolds, Ann. “The Problem of Return” in Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 122-129.
Supplemental reading:
Reynolds, Ann. “Culture as a Way of Seeing” in Robert Smithson: learning from New Jersey and Elsewhere. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003, pp. 1-10.

Hueco Tanks – 8 Oct 2013 – Seminar 9

  • Paglen, Trevor. “Experimental Geography: from cultural production to the production of space” in Experimental Geography, New York: Melville House, 2008, pp. 26-33.
Supplemental reading:
Paglen, Trevor. “Frontier Photography: the other night sky.” Artforum International March 2009, pp. 224-229.

Cabinetlandia – 10 Oct 2013 – Screening

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio by Sam Wainwright Douglas (2010) 57 minutes.

Plains of San Agustin – 13 Oct 2013 – Seminar 10

  • Kaiser, Philipp and Miwon Kwon. “Ends of the Earth and Back” in Ends of teh Earth: Land Art to 1974. Los Angles and Munich: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angles and Prestel Verlag, 2012, pp. 16-31.
Supplemental reading:
Turnbull, David. Maps are Territories: science is an atlas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993, pp. 18-27.

Plains of San Agustin – 18 Oct 2013 – Seminar 11

  • Jonas, Joan and Lynne Cooke. Joan Jonas the Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things. New York: Dia Art Foundation, 2006. pp. 7, 46-51, 61-68.
Supplemental reading:
Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. New York: Viking Press, 1986, pp. 1-13.

Mimbres River – 21 Oct 2013 – Seminar 12

  • Banham, Reyner. “Home is not a House.” Art in America No. 2, April, 1965.
Supplemental reading:
Shepheard, Paul. “Grounds for Dispersal” in Harvard Design Magazine, Winter/Spring 2002, pp. 48-51

Chiricahua Mountains – 28 Oct 2013 – Seminar 13

  • Zoline, Pamela. Heat Death of the Universe. Kingston, New York: McPherson, 1988, pp. 13-29.
Supplemental reading:
Hodge, Roger. “Blood and Time: Cormac McCarthy and the Twilight of the West.” Harper’s February 2006, pp. 65-72.
Ginsberg, Allen, Howl. New York: Harper & Row, 1986, pp. 3-8.
Dyer, Geoff. “Poles Apart: notes from a pilgrimage.” New Yorker. April 18, 2011, pp. 62-70.

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