Land Art

Capasso To Offer Lecture on Land Art at Hartwick

September 11, 2012

Dr. Nick Capasso, Deputy Director of the deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, will offer a lecture entitled "Understanding Land Art" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 in The Anderson Center for the Arts Theater on the Hartwick College campus. His presentation is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Since the late 1960s, many sculptors have engaged in dialogue with nature and its processes to create monumental works of Land Art. These works have addressed, among other things, ancient architecture, relationships between nature and culture, environmentalism, and the materialism of the art world. 

Sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, Capasso's presentation will focus on the major issues and artists associated with Land Art, from "Earthworks" artists Robert Smithson, Walter deMaria, and Nancy Holt, to contemporary site-specific deCordova projects by Andy Goldsworthy and Alan Sonfist.

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a public museum of art established to educate as broad and diverse a public as possible about modern and contemporary American art. Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England, encompassing 35 acres 20 miles northwest of Boston.

Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming. For more information about the deCordova Sculpture Park, visit

For more information on the lecture at Hartwick College, contact Professor of Art History Elizabeth Ayer at 607-431-4826 or at

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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