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Land Art:
Expanding the Atlas

John Hawley Olds LaGatta Gallery | Floor 3
Robert Z. Hawkins Gallery | Floor 3

It is generally agreed that the art historical movement known as Land Art—associated with marking, sculpting, and engaging with the Earth itself—was born in the late 1960s and early 70s as an outgrowth of Conceptual and Minimalist art. While Land Art has global roots, it is most frequently associated with the monumental desert works made in the American West by artists such as Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, and Robert Smithson.

Land Art is continually changing. Increasingly, contemporary artists and practitioners seek to disrupt conventional definitions of the genre by critiquing, re-contextualizing, performing, and engaging in environmental and social dialogue about art of the land. These creative practices traverse conventional boundaries of art, geography, science, environmentalism and activism, while breathing new life—and needed perspective—into Land Art.

Nevada is home to numerous iconic Land Art interventions, and the Nevada Museum of Art has a long history of commissioning new artworks, publishing books, organizing public programs, and collecting artworks and archives related to this field. Drawn primarily from the art and archive collections at the Nevada Museum of Art, this exhibition constitutes a unique atlas of sorts—a dynamic matrix linking together art and ideas of the past, while at the same time helping to map an expanded future for the field.

Artists featured include Lita Albuquerque, Edgar Arceneaux, Milton Becerra, Stig Broegger, Jackie Brookner, Beverly Buchanan, Judy Chicago, Agnes Denes, Justin Favela, Regina Jose Galindo, Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison, Nancy Holt, Maya Lin, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Daniel McCormick & Mary O’Brien, Ana Mendieta, Mary Miss, Postcommodity, Cai Guo-Qiang, Federico Silva, Cauleen Smith, Reko Rennie, Ugo Rondinone, and Oscar Tuazon.