Exhibition Demonstrating Land Art of the Southwest Set to Open

Texas Tech University College of Architecture and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) announce the Land Arts 2010 Exhibition.

An opening reception will take place 6-9 p.m. April 1 at the LHUCA Warehouses at 1001 Mac Davis Lane.

The five-week exhibition culminates the semester-long interdisciplinary field program Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech’s College of Architecture. It will present documents, objects and constructions by students Cynthia Gabaldon, Gregory Hemmelgarn, Rocio Mendoza, Corinne Sutton, Sunny Tang and Bradley Wilson.

The students traveled 7,000 miles over two months, camping at locations across the Southwest, as they explored natural and human forces that shape contemporary landscapes, from geology and weather to cigarette butts and hydroelectric dams.

Chris Taylor, director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, led the program and was assisted in the field by Texas Tech alumnus Sean Cox.

The Land Arts 2010 field season was made possible with operational support from Andrea Nasher and student support from the James Family Foundation.

Land Arts of the American West was founded at the University of New Mexico in 2000 by Bill Gilbert. Taylor co-directed the program from 2001 until establishing it at Texas Tech when he moved from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

On April 2, from noon to midnight, Land Arts of the American West and Landmark

Arts will lead a public environmental art action in Lubbock, as a participating venue of the 2011 Texas Biennial.

Land Arts 2010 Exhibition will also be open 6-8:30 p.m. on April 14, and 9-4 p.m. on April 15 in conjunction with the third annual Spring into Green event sponsored by the West Texas Branch of the US Green Building Council. This program in the LHUCA Warehouses will include an exhibit of 2011 eco-friendly hybrid and electric cars, the Texas Tech Solar Car, plus a classic ʼ57 Chevy.

A closing reception from 6-9 p.m. May 6 will coincide with the First Friday Art Trail.

The exhibition will be open for viewing on Saturday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. See http://landarts.org for details.

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CONTACT: Chris Taylor, assistant professor and director, Land Arts of the American West, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3169 or chris.taylor@ttu.edu.