Book Reviews

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CLUI-Related Books

Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty
William Fox, University of Nevada Press, 2002
A book about dry lakes, how they are used and perceived, written in the first person. Discusses the authors experiences and ruminations on Burning Man and on a CLUI LA/Wendover trip taken by Matthew Coolidge and the author in 1999.

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Programs at the CLUI Desert Research Station

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 Moisture Event at DRS: Research Project Explores Water Collection and Use

523 The integrated projects of Deena Capparelli, Claude Willey and Kahty Chenoweth under construction at the “Moisture” event at the DRS. CLUI photo In October, 2002, the Center’s Desert Research Station, near Hinkley, California, hosted a month-long research project involving the work of several artists and researchers exploring issues of water collection, retention, and consumption in arid environments.

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Wendover Update

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A Season in Wendover
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THE TOWN OF WENDOVER LIES on the border of Utah and Nevada, and is the location of the most developed of the CLUI American Land Museum sites. The CLUI complex, on the edge of town, consists of an exhibit hall, studio, residence facilities, and remote landscape sites. A residency program, funded partially by the National Endowment for the Arts, has hosted over 100 artists and researchers from Maine to New Zealand, who find inspiration in this remarkable environment of salt flats, bombing ranges, and casinos.

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State in Focus: Ohio

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At the CLUI, we often find that the number of instructive land use sites in a region can rise according to the level of the popularly perceived banality of the region. It was thus with great pleasure that we accepted an invitation this year, extended to us by the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, to expand our database and contemporary photographic archive for the magnificent and surprising state of Ohio.

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San Francisco Bay in Santa Barbara

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CLUI Exhibit Back to the Bay Moves Down the Coast
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738 All 50 of the aerial view panels that form the core of the “Back to the Bay: An Examination of the Margins of the San Francisco Bay” exhibit were shown in one room at the University of California, Santa Barbara gallery, immersing viewers in this bay “nonsite.” CLUI photoThe CLUI exhibit Back to the Bay: An Examination of the Margins of the San Francisco Bay was recently shown in Santa Barbara, the third California coastal city to display the exhibit. It was included as part of an exhibit called Out of True, held this summer at the University of California art gallery there.

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The Inland Empire: Aerial Photographs

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507 Wildlife ponds, on the edge of the Badlands, in the Inland Empire. One of several new CLUI aerial photographs, commissioned by the California Museum of Photography. TEN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, TAKEN OVER three days in May 2002, were presented in the California Museum of Photography, as part of the exhibit Alternate Routes, curated by CLUI members Lize Mogel and Chris Kahle, with Mitra Abbaspour, a curator at the museum, which is located in downtown Riverside, in the heart of the Inland Empire.

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One Wilshire: Telco Hotel Central

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505 One Wilshire, as seen from the rooftop patio of the new Standard Hotel, with its bright red fiberglass waterbed nests. CLUI photo ON THE OUTSIDE, ONE WILSHIRE is an ordinary-looking 30-story 1960’s office tower in Los Angeles, located at a prestigious address: the point where Wilshire Boulevard, the city’s grand west-heading avenue, meets downtown.

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The language of landscape prompts us to perceive and shape the landscape whole. Reading and speaking it fluently is a way to recognize the dialogues ongoing in a place, to appreciate other speakers’ stories, to distinguish enduring dialogues from ephemeral ones, and to join the conversation. The language of landscape reminds us that nothing stays the same, that catastrophic shifts and cumulative changes shape the present.

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Book Reviews

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Bring Back the Buffalo! A Sustainable Future for America’s Great Plains
Ernest Callenback, University of California Press, 1996
There are now over 200,000 buffalo in isolated pockets in the country, from islands in the Great Salt Lake, to celebrity ranches. This book presents a reasoned argument for the continued reintroduction of this unique American animal, which once had a population of sixty million roaming the plains. By the author of Ecotopia.

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