ART 4863 Fieldworks

Point of Contact Name: 
Todd Stewart
School of Visual Art
Semester/Year Taught: 
Summer 2017
Describe the Research Project: 
FIELDWORKS is an initiative of the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma that blends research and teaching in an ongoing artistic and art-historical exploration of land use and interpretation in the deserts of the western United States. Among its core elements is a biannual two-week excursion into the field that brings the School’s faculty, students, and staff together to explore a central thematic. For the 2013 Road to Ruscha project, this meant retracing the path that the artist Ed Ruscha traveled to create his seminal 1963 artist’s book Twentysix Gasoline Stations. In 2015, a second group traveled throughout the Sonoran, Mojave, and Great Basin Deserts to investigate earthworks such as Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and their geographical context. In 2017, Donald Judd’s work in Marfa, Texas served as a point of departure to consider the concept of space in the Chihuahuan Desert. In addition to its travel into the field, FIELDWORKS pursues open-ended, collaborative, and transdisciplinary artistic and art-historical work that results in creative, scholarly, and pedagogical outcomes, including exhibitions, publications, and events that all report on the changing relationship between humanity and the planet. To date, FIELDWORKS has exhibited multiple times at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, done workshops and events in conjunction with the OU Humanities Forum, and published work related to its travel in Broadsheet, SciArt Magazine, and Inhabiting the Anthropocene with more work, including several book projects, currently in the planning stages.
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