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2000-03-04 until 2000-06-04
Arizona State University Art Museum
Phoenix Area, AZ, USA United States of America

Initiated by Arizona State University Art Museum's Senior Curator Heather Sealy Lineberry, Sites Around the City: Art and Environment includes more than thirty cultural organizations in the Phoenix area presenting art that is sited in or concerned with the environment. The project will present art by artists who use visual and material languages to examine cultural, perceptual and phenomenological issues of the land, whether specific or archetypal. The inspiration for the project comes from Phoenix's heady mix of city and desert, and the history of environmental art in the area. The Southwest has a rich history for artists, beginning with ancient Native Americans and continuing through the earthwork artists of the 1960s and 70s. Today Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the nation and home to innovative eco-art projects. It is also a place of extremes that inspire and inform these art projects, from the 120-degree heat in the summer to the manicured golf courses and man-made lakes, from expanding pollution problems to the Western insistence on the car. Phoenix is a metaphor for the expansion of cities throughout the Southwest and the nation.

Citywide project committee is co-managed by Heather Sealy Lineberry and Felicie Regnier.

The ASU Art Museum's exhibition and catalogue will present the most challenging contemporary art in the citywide project Sites Around the City: Art and Environment. Sculpture, photography, site-specific installations (inside and outside the museum) and video installations will explore the interconnections of the built and the organic, the artificial and the natural, culture and nature - essentially the interaction between humans and the land. The exhibition will focus on contemporary artists who are cognizant of but reject the remoteness and idealism of the earthwork artists and the didacticism of eco-artists. Robert Smithson abhorred cities and sited his land art projects in timeless landscapes with no boundaries and with alternative measures of time and history. These younger artists have found the same sense of the infinite and chaotic in urban and suburban landscapes, and find these environments more pertinent to contemporary experience. Their art is more cynical, yet also more accepting, of the resulting flawed beauty and tensions between the natural and the cultivated in the urban and suburban. They explore in their art perceptions of the landscape, patterns of behavior, and cultural and developmental impact on the land.

Curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry, the work will be installed in two 2,500-square-foot galleries and outside areas of the ASU Art Museum's Nelson Fine Arts Center facility, which Antoine Predock designed to respond to the landscape and culture of the area. The project includes: a color, 64-page catalogue with essays; a website that will grow with the project; a visitor resource center with internet access to research historic and contemporary artists; and a separate guide to the citywide exhibition and programs printed by Arizona Public Service. The ASU Art Museum exhibition catalogue will include essays by Heather Sealy Lineberry (artists and their work) and Ronald Jones (contemporary connections between art and environment).

Su-Chen Hung's and Diana Thater's video installations explore cultural perceptions of the land and nature. Roxy Paine painstakingly recreates natural elements, such as a field of poppies from steel, wire, polymer, vinyl, lacquer, oil paint, epoxy, pigment. Kim Abeles collects layers of smog on screens that mimic familiar, romantic Hudson River School landscape paintings. During the ASU Art Museum side by side with the original works from the Museum questioning our perceptions of the American land still influenced by nineteenth-century thought. Michael Ashkin creates tabletop dioramas of the edges of cities, of sublime industrial wastelands. Catherine Opie photographs strip malls, suburban facades and freeway structures that multiply in Western cities and have become our identifiable monuments. Todd Hido captures atmospheric, nighttime slices of suburban architecture. On closer examination these original California suburbs are deteriorating, experiencing the same entropy that Smithson found in the Great Salt Lake. Stephanie Brooks mimics the need to mediate the experience of nature with signage. Her Feel Good Here was a witty pop-psychology rendition of the exercise park. She will create a signage system on the ASU Campus drawing upon the history of the area and the patterns of behavior of the current population. Finally, Laurie Lundquist uses her knowledge of botany and landscape architecture to create artworks that actually restore the environment. Working at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, she developed an elaborate installation to repair the Lagoon. She will create a site-specific installation of an algae garden in the interior courtyard of the Museum designed building.

* ArtLab 16 - a group exhibitions and Spoken Word Series. Exhibitions: March 3-31, April 7-28, Spoken Word; Every Friday.
* Artlink - temporary installations during ArtDetour.
* ASU Art Museum - Sites Around the City headquarters for the entire project. Exhibition of nine contemporary artists who consider the urban and suburban environment, artist lectures, youth programs, March 3 - June 4.
* ASU Art Museum Experimental Gallery - PHACAEANS desktop video/laptop installation by Sloane McFarland, April 7 - May 27.
* ASU West Gallery - three sound artists from Mexico City, Gustavo Artigas, Ariel Guzik and Taniel Morales, March 2-26.
* Barlow & Straker - Turbulencia Terrenal Collaborative project between Andy Guzzonatto and Mona Higuchi, March 7-31.
* Central Gallery; Burton Barr Central Library - A series of five exhibitions focusing on art and environment. Exhibitions: February 28 - March 24, March 1-30, April 1-30, April 3-29.
* Desert Botanical Garden - Desert Plant Illustrations, March 4 - April 15. Book signings: March 4,18,25 and April 1,15.
* East Side Art, Mesa - a series of juried shows. Exhibitions: March 12-20, March 21 - April 10, April 11-20, April 21 - May 10.
* Galeria Mesa, Mesa Art Center - Environment 2000, national juried exhibition juried by Lisa Sette, April 18 - May 27.
* Grand Canyon University, A.P. Tell Gallery - Sprawl: Reflections on Urban Development, March 22 - April 13.
* Harry Wood Gallery on the ASU campus - MFA exhibition of Azdine Sedjal, February 28 - March 3.
* MARS Artspace - Solo exhibition by Felicie Regnier and Mars on Earth a group exhibition by MARS artists, March 3-31.
* Metropolitan Arts Institute - Student exhibition inspired by workshop with Los Angeles artist Kim Abeles, April 7-28.
* Modified - Matthew J. Plausible and Ian Van Coller, March 3 - April 3.
* Northlight Gallery, ASU - Transport by Dean K. Terasaki, March 3-22.
* Phoenix Art Museum - Images of Nature: Selections from the Museum Collection, February 5 - May 14.
* Phoenix Arts Commission - temporary installations with recycled materials at the 27th Avenue Solid Waste Treatment Facility.
* Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - Dreaming of Eden: Meditations on the Garden by Barbara Rogers, February 26 - May 7.
* Shemer Art Center - outdoor installations and sculpture, March - April.
* Stop'n'Look - New Life New Century by Rose Johnson, February 1 - March 31. Installation by Denis Gillingwater, April 4 - May 20.
* Tempe Arts Commission - temporary installation, site tours on their electric art buses.

* 27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility Artists - Linnea Glatt and Michael Singer
* 7th Avenue Pedestrian Bridge/Grasshopper Bridge Artist - Ed Carpenter
* Papago Park/City Boundary Artists - Jody Pinto and Steve Martino
* Sunnyslope Canal Demonstration Project Artists - M. Paul Friedberg, Jackie Ferrara, Douglas Hollis, Steve Martino and Martin R. Yoklic.
* Sunnyslope Rock Garden Artist - Grover Cleveland Thompson
* The Path Most Traveled... Artist - Carolyn Braaksma
* Water to Water Artists - Edwards Tanz Collaborative, Inc.
* Sweet Acacia Project Artist - Laurie Lundquist
* Hummingbird Sanctuary Garden Artist - Kevin Berry
* Papago Arroyo Artist - Laurie Lundquist
* Rio Salado Pathways Artist - Laurie Lundquist
* Gardens for Humanity's Demonstration Healing Garden Artists - Local Artsist, ASU Architecture Students, School Children, Programs Sponsored by the Arizona Commision on the Arts.

* Arizona State University Art Museum Sites Around the City Free public opening reception, March 3, 7-9pm.
* Artlink Inc. Sponsors and Organizers of Art Detour Weekend
* IceHouse Art Museum The Rise and Fall of Elegance, Art Detour Weekend
* 27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility/Phoenix Arts Commission Events throughout the month of April.
* Desert Botanical Garden Events throughout the month of April.

Arizona State University Art Museum
Tenth Street and Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85287-2911

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