CLUI Exhibits on the Road

190 The CLUI exhibit Up River on display at the Beacon Institute. CLUI photo

EXHIBITS GENERATED BY THE CLUI travel to various venues, either as stand-alone displays, or as part of thematic, curated exhibits about land and earth art, architecture, and photography.

A version of the Center’s exhibit Post Consumed: The Landscape of Waste in Los Angeles, about the landforms and migrations of post-consumer waste, was presented at the 11th Venice Architectural Biennale, as part of Into the Open: Positioning Practice, the installation that year in the U.S. Pavilion. It was later shown at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and at the Parsons New School for Design in New York City.

Autotechnogeoglyphics, a collection of CLUI images of automotive test tracks, traveled around some more as part of the exhibit World’s Away: New Suburban Landscapes, visiting the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the Yale School of Architecture in 2009. The Barbican museum in London showed the Center’s Trans-Alaska Pipeline photoscape as part of the exhibit Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009. The pipeline photoscape was also shown at the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. And the Center’s project about the Hudson River Valley, Up River: Points of Interest on the Hudson from the Battery to Troy was on display at the Beacon Institute in Beacon, New York in the summer and fall of 2009. It will be installed again at the CLUI regional office in Troy, New York, in the spring of 2010.

An array of posters of CLUI projects were exhibited in 2009 at the Rochester Art Center in Minnesota, the Albuquerque Museum, and at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, as part of the well-travelled Experimental Geography exhibit, currently on view (February 21–May 30, 2010) at the Colby College Museum of Art, in Waterville, Maine. Another group of CLUI posters were displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as part of the restaging of New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, October 2009 to January 2010.

189 Michael Dear, Professor of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, examines one of 50 panels in the Back to Back to the Bay exhibit. CLUI photo

An exhibit produced by the CLUI about the landscape of the San Francisco Bay region, called Back to the Bay, showed at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley in January and February, 2010. In this incarnation, the exhibit, now ten years old, was retitled Back to Back to the Bay. But even though its fifty photo/text panels with hundreds of images and maps, providing an overview of the entire Bay shoreline, is getting time (and color) shifted, the exhibit is interesting, as it now contrasts the changes to the land since 2000, and shows the lack of change. Old maps are sometimes more informative than new ones.

The Houston Petrochemical Corridor, originally shown at the Blaffer Gallery in Houston, was shown again in Houston as part of the Texas Society of Architects convention. It was also shown a few times in New York City, at Triple Canopy events at the Kitchen and at Light Industry in Brooklyn, with the Center’s latest landscan of the South Belridge Oil Field.

The director of the CLUI, Matthew Coolidge, is invited to lecture here and there at colleges, universites, and cultural organizations around the nation, including last year at Temple University in Philadelphia, the La Jolla Athaneum, Rochester Institute of Technology, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the Albuquerque Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and Ohio State University in Columbus.

191 Viewing station set up to watch the Center’s Alaska Pipeline photoscape at the Barbican’s Radical Nature exhibit. CLUI photo