You might have heard a variation of this over Easter dinner (or whatever the matriarch at your table called Sunday’s meal): “The Great Salt Lake has already gone up three feet!” A vague enough statement — three feet from what, you might ask. But the implication is clear: […]
Video West, the video series curated by Radio West’s Doug Fabrizio and KUER, recently posted a film called “Jetty,” shot by Skylar Nielsen of Vita Brevis Films, and featuring a reading of Smithson’s words by actor Julian Sands. You can check out all the Video West films at http://videowest.kuer.org. […]
One is liable to see things in maps that are not there. Robert Smithson, “The Spiral Jetty” Introduction American artist Robert Smithson (1938-73) chose Rozel Point on the north shore of Great Salt Lake, Utah, to situate his first large-scale earthwork, Spiral Jetty. Created in April 1970, the work […]
James Benning comes to the University of Utah campus today to screen two films: two cabins, a film that explores utopian and dystopian versions of social isolation through the replicas Benning built of Henry David Thoreau’s and Ted Kaczynski’s iconic cabins, and casting a glance, a film that explores the nature of time and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty.
Next weekend the party is at Lucin, the old railroad watering stop near the Nevada border where Nancy Holt, and a throng of colleagues, admirers and (one must assume) hangers on, will be at Sun Tunnels for sunset (see our article in the October 2012 edition). So maybe […]
Dia Art Foundation recently named two local organizations as stewards of the Spiral Jetty: Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College. What does this mean for Robert Smithson’s famous work? Find out at “The Future of Spiral Jetty: Community and Collaboration […]
A profile of Art Historian Hikmet Loe, author of an upcoming book about Robert Smithson.
Photos by Hikmet Sidney Loe Robert Smithson’s first career choice was “naturalist.” As he shifted his gaze towards art, his lifelong fascination with the materials of the earth and with the transformations that time manifests became incorporated into his work. The Spiral Jetty best embodies this synthesis of […]
A request has been filed to permit oil drilling in the Great Salt Lake four miles from the Robert Smithson’s earthwork, the Spiral Jetty. The proposed exploratory drilling, subsequent infrastructure, and staging area would all be be visible from the Jetty. The State has not yet made a […]