The ASU Art Museum shines a light on the changing relationship with the planet


Steven Yazzie

“Draw and Drive” by Steven Yazzie. Part of the ASU Museum of Art’s “New Earthworks” series.

Earthworks is a genre of art that originated in the 1960s and 1970s. There were a number of artists working in various mediums who left institutions — galleries and museums — and worked directly on the ground. It was sometimes called Land Art or Earth Art, and although these artists were not necessarily environmentalists, their work shed new light on our relationship with the Earth.

a mobile eco-studio

Desert Art Lab

A mobile ECO-STUDIO, developed by Desert ArtLab.

Today, our planet is a very different place – and the relationship artists have with it is also different. This is what curator Heather Lineberry tackles in her new exhibition at the Art Museum at Arizona State University. It’s titled “New Earthworks” and features the work of nine contemporary artists in everything from photography and sculpture to video and interactive experiences. The effect is expansive and percussive.

Lineberry showed Lauren Gilger of The Show around the exhibit, who talked to her about the genre.

an image from the appearances of carolina caycedo

Caroline Caycedo

“Apariciones / Apparitions”, 2018, by Carolina Caycedo. One-channel HD video, 9:30 min. color, sound. Commissioned by Huntington Gardens.

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