MoCA is currently hosting the first ever historical, thematic museum exhibition tackling Land Art. The exhibition, titled “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974” features work from over 80 artists which was created in the years leading up to when Land Art was fully institutionalized.
“Land Art” is also known as “Earthworks, ” a term Robert Smithson coined in the late 1960s; these movements refer to massive scale, site-specific works of art that are use earth as both canvas and medium. Since the works often rejected the museum tradition as the only respectable way to experience art, this complicated things for any institution attempting to stage an exhibition, but MoCA was up for the challenge.
Curated by Senior Curator Philipp Kaiser and co-curator Miwon Kwon, the show features work from Land Art’s founders and giants including Robert Smithson, Christos and Jeanne-Claude and Richard Serra. Yet lesser known artists from hailing from the United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Iceland, Eastern and Northern Europe, as well as North and South Americas populate a majority of the exhibition.