Modern Desert Markings: An Homage to Las Vegas Area Land Art
Curated by Katie Hoffman and Hikmet Sidney Loe
East Gallery and WorkShop Gallery
March 14 – July 8, 2023
Opening reception March 24, 2023, 5 – 8 p.m.
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and Nevadans for Cultural Preservation are pleased to present Modern Desert Markings: An Homage to Las Vegas Area Land Art, an exhibition that uses contemporary perspectives to critique five historic works of Land Art located in the deserts of Southern Nevada.
Curators Katie Hoffman and Hikmet Sidney Loe have selected ten artists from around the United States to produce new work inspired by foundational pieces of Land Art created by Walter De Maria (1935 – 2013), Michael Heizer (1944 -), and Jean Tinguely (1925 – 1991). Working in drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and more, the ten artists bring fresh and critical eyes to these celebrated works from the 1960s and ‘70s, using a diversity of approaches to address related issues such as land ownership, desert ecology, and tourism.ape. Together they have assembled an exhibition that combines deep research into the context of the original pieces with a tangible acknowledgment that times have changed and the methods of the past can now be critically reevaluated through the lens of an advancing present.
Image credit: Michael Heizer’s Circular Surface Planar Displacement, Dry Lake, Nevada, 1970. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni © Maya Gorgoni. Artwork © Michael Heizer.