Modern Desert Markings

An Homage to Las Vegas Area Land Art

View of Jean Dry Lake - location of historic land artworks

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 have secured funding through the Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Humanities for a new project, which will culminate in 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 emerging Vegas-based artists. Ten artists have been chosen to produce pieces inspired by Nevada landscapes and historic Land Art by Walter DeMaria, Jean Tinguely, and Michael Heizer. Paired with these fresh artworks will be maps and information about visiting the historic Land Art sites, which are some of Nevada's most unique cultural resources.

The group exhibition titled Modern Desert Markings, is scheduled to take place at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 14 – July 8th, 2023. Opening Reception March 24th.


Site Visits: Each artist is 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. 



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  • Rayette Martin
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