Friday lates: land art, an introduction
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB897
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
We will explore key artists and theories of land art in the US from the late-1960s and 1970s. The session will begin with the 1969 Earth Art exhibition at Cornell University, in which artists used the local natural environment for works of art exhibited both inside and outside of the gallery space. We will consider how the use of natural elements and the act of going beyond the gallery walls escalated to the creation of monumental works of art across the North American West, and identify key works of art including: Michael Heizer’s Double Negative (1969), Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970), Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1976), and Walter de Maria’s Lightning Field (1977).
The use of natural elements and methods of exhibition will be placed within the social and political context of the time, from the moon landings to the growing environmentalist movement, to reflect upon the expansionist tendencies of the movement, and consider whether land art is useful for thinking through the politics of land use today.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The development of land art exhibition practices within the context of contemporary art in the US
• The social, political, and environmental contexts of the US in the 1960s and 1970s
• The legacy of key works for environmentally-conscious artworks being produced in the 21st Century.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
¿ Understand the concepts, intentions, and formal and material characteristics of land art
¿ Describe major historical events and debates circulating during the time of the land art movement, including the Cold War, the space race, and developing environmental movements
¿ Identify defining artists and works of US land art.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and instructions on the basic elements of Zoom software, like usage of microphone and camera.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs, but you are advised to bring a notebook to the classes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The Ocean and Contemporary Art
Video Art and Environmental Politics
Friday Lates: Understanding Installation.
Francesca Curtis is a Development Coordinator at the art organisation The Line and is in the final stages of completing her AHRC-funded PhD in History of Art at the University of York. Her doctoral thesis, titled "Observe, Submerge Speculate: Contemporary Art and the Ocean Beyond the Visible" examines the political and conceputal stakes in representing the ocean through technology in contemporary art. Francesca has previously worked as an independent online Art History Tutor and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of York, where she taught two undergraduate art history modules. She has also worked as an independent researcher in the cultural and charity sectors, and has been selected as a speaker at a number of academic conferences in the UK and US.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.