Site Report: BCAM

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Where Did BCAM Come From? Tracking Down the Origins of LA's New Museum
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354 The red carpet backdrop monolith at the gala opening of BCAM. CLUI photoSTARTING WITH THE OPENING OF the Getty Center in 1997, this newsletter has occasionally reported on the opening of new museums in the Los Angeles area. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) opened in February, 2008, an event that has been the subject of much discussion in these parts.

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Bird's Eye View of Trailerville

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Over and Around Elkhart Indiana
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Spring 2008
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Part of an ongoing CLUI research program about manufactured buildings and mobile architecture in America.

TRAILERS ARE EVERYWHERE IN AMERICA, but nowhere more than in Elkhart Indiana. Over 100 trailer companies are located within a 25-mile radius of Elkhart, making half of the recreational vehicles in the country.

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City Insight: Minneapolis

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Headquarters Headwaters
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TRAVELING UPSTREAM, ONE GETS CLOSER to the source, both literally and metaphorically. 300 river miles from Lake Itasca, the source of America’s river, the Mississippi, Minneapolis is in a way the city furthest upstream on the American land. A quick look at the corporate headquarters of this city is an interesting and illuminating reflection of some of the sources of contemporary American culture and economics.

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Region in Focus: The Iron Range

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Masabi Overlooked: On the Interpretive Trail of the Iron Range
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Join us here as we travel along Highway 169, between Hibbing and Soudan, Minnesota, a distance of 50 miles that spans the mining interpretive spectrum.

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CLUI Exhibits on the Road

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Partnerships with other institutions enable CLUI-generated exhibits to be born or to acquire additional lives, traveling around to different places. Some recent CLUI exhibits include work generated specifically for presentation “elsewhere,” others incorporate existing work in new contexts, in each case they make CLUI projects available to new, and often larger, audiences. Here are some CLUI exhibits, displayed at non-CLUI venues, over the last year.

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CLUI Field Trips and Tours

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The Center occasionally organizes and conducts tours for school groups, museums and other cultural organizations. These tours are custom designed by the CLUI, and are generally not repeated.

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Wendover Report

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From the Center's Complex on the Edge of the Salt Flats
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2007 WAS ANOTHER BUSY SEASON for the CLUI Wendover Complex in Wendover, Utah. Work progressed on the completion of the Orientation Building, which should be ready to open for the beginning of the 2008 season, in April, thanks to the efforts of the Annual Work Party crew: Jed Lackritz, Joe Potts, Philip Weil, Ben Loescher, Jenny La Nicca, Carolin Bock and Moritz Fehr, Ed Coolidge, Brett Stalbaum, Paula Poole, and team leader John Brinton Hogan.

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Talking Trash with Heather Rogers

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CLUI Thematic Program: Waste Stream
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THE CLUI PROVIDED ANOTHER INSTALLMENT in its thematic program about the waste stream, with a presentation by Heather Rogers, author of Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, last spring.

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Pavement Paradise: American Parking Space

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Exhibit At CLUI Addresses Parking
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332 The Pavement Paradise exhibit included signs, images, video, and an actual parking space. CLUI photo

MUCH OF THE MODERN LANDSCAPE is formed by and for the car, and we seem to spend a lot of time and space talking about driving. But driving is at best half the story. In fact, if you think about it, driving is just a brief interstitial act of motion between protracted periods of parking. Despite how much we value them, and despite how much we spend on them, most cars are parked for more than 90% of their lives.

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