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Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search ofand#160;the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta is a chronicle of this journey.

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A lapsed art historian and devoted urbanite, Hogan initially sought firsthand experience of the monumental earthworks of the 1970s and the 1980sand#8212;Robert Smithsonand#8217;s Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holtand#8217;s Sun Tunnels, Walter De Mariaand#8217;s Lightning Field, James Turrelland#8217;s Roden Crater, Michael Heizerand#8217;s Double Negative, and the contemporary art mecca of Marfa, Texas. Armed with spotty directions, no compass, and less-than-desert-appropriate clothing, she found most of what she was looking for and then some.

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and#8220;I was never quite sure what Hogan was looking for when she set out . . . or indeed whether she found it. But I loved the ride. In Spiral Jetta, an unashamedly honest, slyly uproarious, ever-probing book, art doesnand#8217;t magically have the power to change lives, but it can, perhaps no less powerfully, change ways of seeing.and#8221;and#8212;Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times Book Review

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and#8220;The reader emerges enlightened and even delighted. . . . Casually scrutinizing the artistic works . . . while gamely playing up her fish-out-of-water status, Hogan delivers an ingeniously engaging travelogue-cum-art history.and#8221;and#8212;Atlantic

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and#8220;Smart and unexpectedly hilarious.and#8221;and#8212;Kevin Nance, Chicago Sun-Times

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and#8220;One of the funniest and most entertaining road trips to be published in quite some time.and#8221;and#8212;June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune

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and#8220;Hogan ruminates on how the work affects our sense of time, space, size, and scale. She is at her best when she reexamines the precepts of modernism in the changing light of New Mexico, and shows how the human body is meant to be a participant in these grand constructions.and#8221;and#8212;New Yorker

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Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta is a chronicle of this journey. A lapsed art historian and devoted urbanite, Hogan initially sought firsthand experience of the monumental earthworks of the 1970s and the 1980s--Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, Walter De Maria's Lightning Field, James Turrell's Roden Crater, Michael Heizer's Double Negative, and the contemporary art mecca of Marfa, Texas. Armed with spotty directions, no compass, and less-than-desert-appropriate clothing, she found most of what she was looking for and then some. I was never quite sure what Hogan was looking for when she set out . . . or indeed whether she found it. But I loved the ride. In Spiral Jetta, an unashamedly honest, slyly uproarious, ever-probing book, art doesn't magically have the power to change lives, but it can, perhaps no less powerfully, change ways of seeing.--Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times Book Review The reader emerges enlightened and even delighted. . . . Casually scrutinizing the artistic works . . . while gamely playing up her fish-out-of-water status, Hogan delivers an ingeniously engaging travelogue-cum-art history.--Atlantic Smart and unexpectedly hilarious.--Kevin Nance, Chicago Sun-Times One of the funniest and most entertaining road trips to be published in quite some time.--June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune Hogan ruminates on how the work affects our sense of time, space, size, and scale. She is at her best when she reexamines the precepts of modernism in the changing light of New Mexico, and shows how the human body is meant to be a participant in these grand constructions.--New Yorker

Synopsis:

Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless-steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta is a chronicle of this journey.

A lapsed art historian and devoted urbanite, Hogan initially sought firsthand experience of the monumental earthworks of the 1970s and the 1980s--Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, Walter De Maria's Lightning Field, James Turrell's Roden Crater, Michael Heizer's Double Negative, and the contemporary art mecca of Marfa, Texas. Armed with spotty directions, no compass, and less-than-desert-appropriate clothing, she found most of what she was looking for and then some. Her encounters with these artworks are recorded here, personal observations lightly draped in art history and theory. But for Hogan this trip was also the most extended time she had spent alone, and her 3,000-mile circuit through the west became an experiment in solitude, with mixed results.

Spiral Jetta offers a view of a critical moment of twentieth-century American art. It also offers a view of the American landscape, seen through the windshield of a car streaming through the empty highways of the American West, piloted by a woman who had no real idea where she was going.

About the Author

Erin Hogan is director of public affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Spiral Jetty

Chapter 2and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Sun Tunnels

Chapter 3and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Moab

Chapter 4and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Double Negative

Chapter 5and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Roden Crater

Chapter 6and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Lightning Field

Chapter 7and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Juand#225;rez

Chapter 8and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Marfa

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Doing the Pilgrimage

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;Readings and References

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takingadayoff, March 29, 2009 (view all comments by takingadayoff)
How do you categorize this book? Road trip? Travel? Memoir? Art critcism? Coming of age story? Mid-life crisis? American social history? I don't know, but I enjoyed this well-told, quirky narrative.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226348452
Author:
Hogan, Erin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
United States - West - General
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Earthworks (Art) - West (U.S.)
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Culture Trails: Adventures in Travel
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 halftones, 1 map
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta is a chronicle of this journey. A lapsed art historian and devoted urbanite, Hogan initially sought firsthand experience of the monumental earthworks of the 1970s and the 1980s--Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, Walter De Maria's Lightning Field, James Turrell's Roden Crater, Michael Heizer's Double Negative, and the contemporary art mecca of Marfa, Texas. Armed with spotty directions, no compass, and less-than-desert-appropriate clothing, she found most of what she was looking for and then some. I was never quite sure what Hogan was looking for when she set out . . . or indeed whether she found it. But I loved the ride. In Spiral Jetta, an unashamedly honest, slyly uproarious, ever-probing book, art doesn't magically have the power to change lives, but it can, perhaps no less powerfully, change ways of seeing.--Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times Book Review The reader emerges enlightened and even delighted. . . . Casually scrutinizing the artistic works . . . while gamely playing up her fish-out-of-water status, Hogan delivers an ingeniously engaging travelogue-cum-art history.--Atlantic Smart and unexpectedly hilarious.--Kevin Nance, Chicago Sun-Times One of the funniest and most entertaining road trips to be published in quite some time.--June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune Hogan ruminates on how the work affects our sense of time, space, size, and scale. She is at her best when she reexamines the precepts of modernism in the changing light of New Mexico, and shows how the human body is meant to be a participant in these grand constructions.--New Yorker
"Synopsis" by , Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless-steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta is a chronicle of this journey.

A lapsed art historian and devoted urbanite, Hogan initially sought firsthand experience of the monumental earthworks of the 1970s and the 1980s--Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels, Walter De Maria's Lightning Field, James Turrell's Roden Crater, Michael Heizer's Double Negative, and the contemporary art mecca of Marfa, Texas. Armed with spotty directions, no compass, and less-than-desert-appropriate clothing, she found most of what she was looking for and then some. Her encounters with these artworks are recorded here, personal observations lightly draped in art history and theory. But for Hogan this trip was also the most extended time she had spent alone, and her 3,000-mile circuit through the west became an experiment in solitude, with mixed results.

Spiral Jetta offers a view of a critical moment of twentieth-century American art. It also offers a view of the American landscape, seen through the windshield of a car streaming through the empty highways of the American West, piloted by a woman who had no real idea where she was going.

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