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Author Hogan, Erin.

Title Spiral Jetta : a road trip through the land art of the American West / Erin Hogan
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008


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 W'BOOL  709.040760978 Hogan Hog/Sja  AVAILABLE
Description 180 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Series Culture trails
Culture trails.
Contents Spiral jetty -- Sun tunnels -- Moab -- Double negative -- Roden crater -- Lightning field -- Juárez -- Marfa -- Doing the pilgrimage
Summary "Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless-steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta is a chronicle of this journey."
"A lapsed art historian and devoted urbanite, Hogan initially sought firsthand experience of the monumental earthworks of the 1970s and 1980s - Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, Walter De Maria's Lightning Field, James Turrell's Roden Crater, Michael Heizer's Double Negative - and the contemporary art mecca of Marfa, Texas. Armed with spotty directions, no compass, and less than desert-appropriate clothing, she found most of what she was looking for and then some. Her encounters with these artworks are recorded here, personal observations lightly draped in art history and theory. But for Hogan this trip was also the most extended time she had spent alone, and her three-thousand-mile circuit through the West became an experiment in solitude, with mixed results."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-180)
Subject Hogan, Erin -- Travel -- West (U.S.)
Earthworks (Art) -- West (U.S.)
SUBJECT West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.
LC no. 2007049900
ISBN 9780226348452 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226348458 (cloth : alk. paper)