El Vado Lake/Dam, New Mexico
The Small Creek
Whispering and Slithering quietly downhill
Moving silently over the smooth mud
Winding Lazily through the peaceful meadow
Though the stream is not much more than a trickle, it still moves
Downhill to join the small lake
This water will be used to make power, build computers, grow crops, drink and bathe, yet now it remains unconcerned with it’s fate
Winding steadily to the lake.
My foot sinks deep into the cool mud.
I submit completely giving in to the smooth, cold silt. The swirling mud mixes with the cool, clear water, making me think of chocolate milk, creamy and sweet.
My feet feel perfectly at home buried deep in this mud encased in the smooth crisp and
soothing feeling of being buried deep below the shallow waters.
August 19 – 29: University of New Mexico
September 2 – 7: Rio Grande Headwaters, Colorado
September 8 – 11: El Valle, New Mexico
September 12 – 17: El Vado Lake/El Vado Dam, New Mexico
September 18 – 23: Anton Chico and Pojoaque, New Mexico
October 5 – 9: Cebolla Canyon, El Malpais, New Mexico
October 8 – 9: The Lightning Field, New Mexico
October 10 – 14: Turkey Creek, Gila, New Mexico
October 15 – 19: Buena Vista, El Paso, Texas
October 20 – 22: Otero Mesa, New Mexico
October 23 – 25: Marfa, Texas
October 30 – December 11: University of New Mexico
Visiting Artists, Scholars, Projects, and Workshops
2013 Land Arts of the American West program: Watershed. Guest scholars and artists Jack Loeffler, Basia Irland, Joel Glanzberg, and Adrian Ogelsby discuss their projects and issues surrounding waters in the west during the first week of seminars at University of New Mexico, while students take day trips to the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant, Museum of Southwestern Biology, and Rio Grande Nature Center. After this introduction, the Watershed field journeys begin…
Author, William deBuys hosts Land Arts of the American West on his farm in El Valle, New Mexico, where he presents traditional acequia systems for water sharing, and discusses concerns over water in the west, pumping aquifers, erosion, climate change, and probable disaster.
Land Arts of the American West students partner up with SeedBroadcast and the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station to investigate the story of agri-Culture at the Gathering for Mother Earth in Pojoaque, New Mexico.
The Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP takes Land Arts of the American West on a tour of the concrete lined channel of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, which delineates the US/Mexico Border at El Paso/Juarez.
Land Arts of the American West students collaborate on a participatory public engagement titled, The Buena Vista Archive, in partnership with the Buena Vista Community Association and Centro Artistico y Cultural in Buena Vista, El Paso, Texas.
UNM Photography Faculty, Patrick Manning, joins Land Arts of the American West as a Visiting Artist at Otero Mesa to work on an experimental cow tracking project.
2013 Land Arts of the American West Exhibition, at John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. December 2 – 6, 2013.