Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Day 201: Interactive Environment

Outside the conference this past October

I was happy to receive the official announcement yesterday of the much anticipated new Center at the Nevada Museum of Art. It is going to be an exciting year! Experience a web-exhibition that we created in response (and in collaboration with) the first Art + Environment conference here.

2009-01-06 Reno, Nev.
"The Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art launches this month with a series of highlights including the appointment of William L. Fox as the Center’s first director, the formation of an international advisory group and the acquisition of archives from the Land Arts of the American West, as well as never-before-seen Michael Heizer and Walter de Maria archival materials from The Deiro Collection.

The Center for Art + Environment builds on the Museum’s long history of involvement with the subject which includes 700 photographs in a signature collection titled The Altered Landscape: The Carol Franc Buck Collection which focuses on the changing topography of the West, as well as the Museum’s recent exhibition Chris Drury: Mushrooms | Clouds as part of its ongoing exhibition series related to art and the environment.

The establishment of the Center follows The Art + Environment Conference, a two-day event that brought together notable artists, architects and designers, as well as 18 presenters including renowned artists such as Vito Acconci and Lita Albuquerque and scholar W.J.T. Mitchell. In addition to a sold-out audience of 170, live blogging from the event by Extreme Media Studies added an additional 250 live participants to the Conference.

“The success of The Art and Environment Conference last fall provided the momentum to formalize the vision for the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art,” said David Walker, Executive Director and CEO, Nevada Museum of Art.

The Center for Art + Environment is a leader in supporting the practice, study and awareness of creative interactions between people and their natural, virtual and built environments. The Center serves as a programmatic focal point for the Nevada Museum of Art and will work in tandem with the development of the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, programs, facilities and online presence. The work of the Center is threefold: to encourage the creation of artworks expressing the interaction between people and their environments; to convene artists, scholars and communities to document, research and analyze such artworks; and to increase public knowledge of these creative and scholarly endeavors. During its first year the center will inaugurate a research exhibition series, public lectures, and begin to make public the significant archival materials being collected." -excerpt from the press release

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