Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • Desert X

    March 18, 2017   |   By William L. Fox

      Last weekend I was in Palm Springs to give a talk at the newest festival on the international art circuit, Desert X, which offers site-specific projects by sixteen artists scattered across the floor of the Coachella Valley this spring through April 30th. Produced by the non-profit organization Desert Biennial, it was hoped that the... View Post

  • Sine Waves on the Playa

    September 14, 2016   |   By William L. Fox

    I don’t go to Burning Man every year, so when I do, the experiences tend to link up one to another across time. And no more so than this year, which was one of my favorite burns. Sara Frantz and I stay at the Outback camp, the province of Danger Ranger and Dusty Ranger, aka... View Post

  • The Unbearable Light of Being

    May 18, 2016   |   By William L. Fox

    It’s been since late last year that I’ve written an entry for this blog, which gives you some idea of the pace at which things have been moving at the Museum and the Center. We negotiated and acquired the archive from the world’s oldest and largest art & climate organization, Cape Farewell, which was founded... View Post

  • Finding Richard Long

    August 26, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    I often parse early earthworks from the late 1960s and 1970s into two broad categories. One branch tended toward large permanent installations, such as Michael Heizer’s Complex One (now part of his larger City work), and Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field. The other strand consisted of more ephemeral works, a type exemplified by the... View Post

  • Norway 2015

    Lofoten Islands, Norway, part 2—June 2-7, 2015

    August 5, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    Because we had only four days of driving within the islands, we looked for a central place from which to forage for art. The Sandtorgholmen Hotel is a small historic property that sits at the end of a small peninsula on the sound separating the island of Hinnøya from the mainland. Sandtorgholmen has been a... View Post

  • Norway 2015

    Lofoten Islands, Norway June 2-7, 2015

    July 31, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    Among the truly jaw-dropping landscapes on the planet are the Lofoten Islands, a series of impossibly steep peaks on the northwestern coast of Norway that rise straight out of the ocean in a maze of fjords, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Sara has arranged to fly to Tromsø to meet me the day I return to... View Post

  • The Arctic, 2015

    The Art of Svalbard, May 23-June 1, 2015

    July 26, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    I was in Svalbard specifically to look at public art deployed around Longyearbyen—the statues of polar bears and miners, and the light works on the Global Seed Vault for example—as part of my examination of how a brandscape was being constructed in the Arctic. But I was also interested in the larger realm of artmaking... View Post

  • The Arctic, 2015

    Svalbard, The Arctic, May 23-June 1, 2015

    July 21, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    It’s not exactly a hop, skip, and a jump from saltwater crocodiles to polar bears, but I left tropical Australia on a Tuesday and by the end of the week I am walking up the main road of Svalbard’s only town, Longyearbyen, toward the glacier at the end of the valley. Svalbard is an archipelago... View Post

  • Australia 2015

    Kubulwarnamyo, May 15, 2015

    July 14, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    My last day in Maningrida is an eventful one: I see green ants for the first time (an important source of vitamin C for hunter-gatherers); I almost step on a small green python; and, at three in the morning, I’m woken by a green tree frog hopping onto my head. This troika of fecundity seems... View Post

  • Australia 2015

    Arnhembrand, May 10-16, 2015

    July 8, 2015   |   By William L. Fox

    After the Climarte event in Melbourne, I fly to Darwin with Australian artist Mandy Martin, conservationist Guy Fitzhardinge, architect and artist David Leece, and a host of related folk who have taken on a new “art, science and story” endeavor. The Paruku Project, which Guy, Mandy, and David ran a couple of years ago, addressed... View Post

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