Developed by MOCA for Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
and republished in 2016 as an art project by greg.org,
this interactive feature maps key artworks included in the exhibition,
pinpointing their original locations to demonstrate the global nature of
Land art and its relationship to real places and times.
Click on an artist’s name to begin.
ON VIEW MAY 27—SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA
Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
is the first
large-scale, historical-thematic exhibition to deal broadly with Land
art, capturing the simultaneous impulse emergent in the 1960s to use the
earth as an artistic medium and to locate works in remote sites far
from familiar art contexts. Organized by MOCA Senior Curator Philipp
Kaiser and co-curator Miwon Kwon, Professor of Art History at UCLA, the
exhibition highlights the early years of untested artistic
experimentations and concludes in the mid-1970s before Land art becomes a
fully institutionalized category. Rather than romanticizing notions of
"return to nature" or an "escape from culture", the exhibition provides a
comprehensive overview that reveals the complexity of the movement's
social and political engagement with the historical conditions of its
time. Ends of the Earth
exposes Land art as a media practice as
much as a sculptural one, focusing on the extent to which language,
photography, film, and television served as an integral and not a
secondary or supplementary part of its formation. Over eighty artists
and projects from United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Iceland, Eastern and
Northern Europe, as well as North and South Americas are included in the
show. Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in collaboration with Haus der Kunst, Munich.
Major support is provided by Barbara Kruger and L&M Arts, LA. The
exhibition is also made possible by Kathi and Gary Cypres.
Generous support is provided by Suzanne and David Johnson.
Additional support is provided by The Kwon Family Foundation and John
Morace and Tom Kennedy.
Concept and direction by Bret
Nicely. Editorial contributions by Elizabeth Hamilton and Lily Siegel.
Site design and developement by OKFocus
, produced by Ways & Means
. Special thanks to Google Earth
for guidance during the development of this project.
This site was republished as an art project on greg.org after Kimberly Drew (@museummammy) noted its deletion from MOCA.