Modern Desert Markings

An Homage to Las Vegas Area Land Art


March 14   Exhibition Open  

March 24   Opening Reception  RSVP

March 25   NVFCP Exhibit Tour and Social  RSVP

April 6       MDM Land Art Symposium  RSVP 

June 8       MDM Artists Symposium  RSVP

July 8        Exhibition Close

Nevada's unique desert landscapes have inspired people for millennia, including key players in the Land Art movement of the 1960s and 70s. Artworks of this genre are often ephemeral, and with more than fifty-years having elapsed between their making and the current era, some of these artworks are fading from both the landscape and collective consciousness.

NVFCP is proud to present a gallery exhibition designed to reintroduce the public to five now-historic artworks in the deserts around Las Vegas by presenting a new body of work by contemporary artists. Ten artists have produced pieces inspired by Nevada landscapes and historic Land Art by Walter DeMaria, Jean Tinguely, and Michael Heizer. Paired with these fresh artworks are maps from UNLV students and information about some of Nevada's most unique cultural resources.

Behind the scenes, NVFCP documented the current condition each of the historic Land Art landscapes to be included in the Nevada Cultural Resources Informational System where geospatial information and documentation on archaeological and historic records are archived.


Katie Hoffman and Hikmet Sidney Loe


Mark Brest van Kempen, Emily Budd, Adriana Chavez, Marisa J. Futernick, Michael Dax Iacovone, nicholas b jacobsen, Paula Jacoby-Garrett, Keeva Lough, Rachelle Reichert, and Jen Urso


Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vegas, Nevada (Museum website).


Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by Nevadans for Cultural Preservation, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and an Anonymous Donor.


Facebook Event by the Marjorie Barrick Museum

Podcast Katie Hoffman, MDM Co-curator and NVFCP President

Video Katie Hoffman explains the context for Jean Tinguley's STUDY FOR AN END OF THE WORLD NO. 2 while attendees are looking over the dry lake bed from Seven Magic Mountains

Field Visit Highlights

Each artist was required to visit at least one of the five now-historic artworks. 

November 15, 2022

Our first trip was to Walter DeMaria's Las Vegas Piece. There were three 4x4 vehicles that took four artists, three preservation specialists, two co-curators, and an administrator for the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art to the piece.  It was a cold and windy day full of adventure. We saw plenty of cattle, barrel cacti, and one of the most beautiful valleys.

November 29, 2022

Our second trip was to Michael Heizer's Double Negative. We experienced another cold and windy day full of adventure. The piece is located on a mesa that overlooks the Virgin River Valley. We all enjoyed our time interacting with the piece. 

December 9, 2022

Our last outing was to Jean Dry Lake. The weather was warm and sunny. We started with a view of the area from Seven Magic Mountains then ventured out onto the lakebed. We visited areas where three different works were performed or located. 





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