Wendover Report

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Winter 2003
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556 Simparch quonset at South Base, with solar panels and water tower. CLUI photo

557 Deborah Stratman’s Radio Tower. CLUI photo

558 Students from the University of Texas and University of New Mexico visited Wendover for a week as part of their Land Arts of the American West field class. CLUI photo WENDOVER GETS AWFULLY COLD IN the winter, and most CLUI operations out here shut down until March. The public facilities, however, including the exhibit buildings and location-based projects continue to remain open to the public throughout the year.

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Cultural Exchange Through Bombing Program

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A Joint UK/USA Production
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106 The Center presented an updated version of the Nellis Range exhibit at the IBID Gallery, in London. CLUI photo

Britain Bombs America, America Bombs Britain (Britain Bombs Britain, America Bombs America): A Cultural Exchange Through Bombing is a recent CLUI program, which included exhibits in London and Los Angeles. Created with the Curating Contemporary Art department at the Royal College of Art, the bi-national program was exhibited in the Fall of 2003.

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Margins in Our Midst

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A Journey into Irwindale
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546 The pits of Irwindale are dramatic landscapes of extraction, operating out of view, beneath the horizon line. The Durbin Pit, a dredge operation pulling gravel out from below the water table, was the first stop on the tour. CLUI photoON SEPTEMBER 20, THE CENTER conducted a public bus tour of the industrial city of Irwindale, east of Los Angeles, as part of the exhibit Ground Up: Photographs of the Ground in the Margins of Los Angeles. “We will be going to some of the most banal and dramatic landscapes in Los Angeles,” said the CLUI’s tour guide, Matthew Coolidge, “and by the time we are done, we probably won’t be able to tell the difference.”

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Winter 2003

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Winter 2003
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December 1, 2003
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The sites show the effect of time, sort of a sinking into timelessness. When I get to a site that strikes the kind of timeless chord, I use it. The site selection is by chance. There is no willful choice. A site at zero degree, where the material strikes the mind, where absences become apparent, appeals to me, where the disintegrating of space and time seems very apparent. Sort of an end of selfhood…the ego vanishes for awhile. - Robert Smithson, on site selection

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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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A few months ago, we learned of the tragic and untimely death of a remarkable man named Charles Barile, a longtime friend of this organization, who contributed to this newsletter on occasion, and graced us with his charming presence at every single public event we held in Los Angeles. While still in shock after learning why we hadn’t seen him recently, we were told that he had honored us by considering the Center in his last will and testament: He had left us his library.

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Unusual Real Estate Listing #2764

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710 The tourist ghost town of Rockerville, South Dakota. CLUI photo

THE BLACK HILLS TOWN OF Rockerville is listed for sale. It is a ghost town ghost town tourist attraction, abandoned after its last owners finally gave up on the business several years ago. It has fallen into disrepair, and is awaiting its third incarnation.

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