State Focus: West Virginia

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In case one needs more evidence of the fact that West Virginia is defined by its mountains, consider that: it is the most mountainous state east of the Rockies; the state’s nickname is the “Mountain State,” and of the 13 states defined as having Appalachian territory, West Virginia is the only state entirely within this boundary.

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Points on the Line

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Ruminations on Some Deliniations of the West Coast
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As part of its contribution to an upcoming exhibit, called Baja to Vancouver, which will be travelling to a number of art museums (from Baja to Vancouver) starting later this year, the CLUI has been examining the landscape along the West Coast of the United States. Field researchers from the Center have been filling in the gaps in the Center’s photographic and text archives, completing a study of the land use of West Coast of the United States - the coastal line itself.

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Report from Marfa

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CLUI Associate Spends Time in Curious Texas Town
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CLUI associate William L. Fox spent the fall of 2002 in Marfa, Texas, as a Lannan Foundation writer-in-residence. He submitted the following report about his impressions and experiences in this increasingly unusual place, linked to the developments at Beacon in a number of ways.

532 The city of Marfa at the intersection of some of the few highways in the southern half of far west Texas. CLUI photo by Steve Rowell

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Sonoma County

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The Center was asked to investigate Sonoma County, north of the San Francisco area, for an exhibit about land and art at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, California. The museum is exhibiting an experiential space by James Turrell, as well as models of his Roden Crater project, and the Center’s Formations of Erasure exhibit, about the decay of earthworks.

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Hudson River Treasure Hunt: Report from a Recent Visit to a New Art Mecca

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528 Dia:Beacon, part of a new network of land art destinations on the Hudson River. CLUI photo

THE ART AND LAND PROJECTS sprouting up this spring centered around the Hudson River town of Beacon make for an interesting treasure hunt through this newly culturally engorged industrial-pastoral landscape.

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The California Coastal Records Project

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526 One of 11,823 images of the coast on display at the CLUI, as part of the California Coastal Records Project. Shown here is El Segundo, with the Mattel World Headquarters (upper left) and the Chevron Refinery (middle), with a sliver of Manhattan Beach’s residential area (on the right). Ken Adelman, photo

THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL RECORDS PROJECT is a photographic portrait of the coast of California, composed of nearly 12,000 aerial images taken in the past year and a half by Ken and Gabrielle Adelman, a husband and wife team from Northern California. The Project was featured in an exhibition at the Center’s Los Angeles Exhibit Hall this Spring, as part of the Center’s Focus on the West Coast.

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Spring 2003

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April 1, 2003
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Aerial photography exposes the scattered tracks and traces of humanity on the planet’s surface, their extent, their shapes, and their layers - in a sense, everything that defines human settlement as an aspect of the earth’s surface. It also demonstrates that the landscape is always both the incidental product and the physical expression of the meeting between mankind and nature. - from the essay Aerial Geography, by Jean-Marc Besse, from Designs on the Land, by Alex MacLean

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Book Reviews

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Books New to the Shelves of the CLUI Library and Bookshop
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Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies After J. B. Jackson
Chris Wilson and Paul Groth, editors, University of California Press, 2003
A new collection of essays on the subject of J. B. Jackson, by those who knew him, and of the field that he represented, that of contemporary cultural landscape studies, who, among other things said, basically, as one of the essays reminds us, that the landscape is like a book, “...we have but to learn to read it.”

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New CLUI Northeast Office

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In the Heart of the Industrial Pastoral Upstate NY
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Winter 2003
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566 The new CLUI Northeast Office in Troy, NY. CLUI photo THE CENTER HAS PURCHASED A building in Troy, New York, to serve as the office for research and projects in the Northeastern United States. Renovations are underway, including the installation of public exhibits in the first floor storefront space.

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The Best Dead Mall?

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A Photographic Documentation and Indefinite Installation
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562 Dixie Square Mall, Illinois. CLUI photo by Steve Rowell AN EXHIBIT ABOUT ONE OF the most dramatic dead malls in the country was on display at the CLUI this summer. The electronic presentation, created by Steve Rowell of the CLUI, was entitled The Best Dead Mall in America: A Photographic Documentation of the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois.

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