Tuesday Texts: Chapter Four

We are happy to announce that throughout October we will be publishing a fourth chapter of our Tuesday Text Series as part of our ongoing Scholarly Text Program, which invites thinkers to focus on a single artwork by Holt and/or Smithson.

Every Tuesday we will publish a text to our website that includes images selected by the author, a short bibliography, citation reference, and endnotes pointing to the author’s references.

Both Holt and Smithson opened new ways of thinking about what art might be, and where it might be found. Their ideas resonate through artistic and cultural production of the present, developing innovative ways of exploring our relationship with the planet and expanding the limits of artistic practice. The Scholarly Text Program expands these legacies by commissioning and publishing new writing.

The single artworks range from landmark earthworks and texts to lesser known drawings, moving image works, and rarely seen two-dimensional works. Focused as a tool for researchers at all stages, the Scholarly Text Program will publish two essays on each work, presenting differing opinions and approaches and making links to topics that range from geology to ecology, poetry, architecture, public art, sculpture, drawing, film, philosophy, site, and all the stops between.

Chapter Four of Tuesday Texts publishes the following essays:

Serena Solin, "Asphalt Rundown"

André Leal, "Bingham Copper Mining Pit—Utah / Reclamation Project (1973) and Robert Smithson’s 'land ethic'"

Ali Karimi, "Three Desert Monuments: Revisiting Robert Smithson’s 1966 Collages"

William T. Carson, "Electrical System: An Archaeology of an Artwork"

Click on the following links to read the essays in previous Chapters of our Tuesday Text series: Chapter OneChapter Two; Chapter Three.

Robert Smithson, Bingham Copper Mining Pit—Utah / Reclamation Project [detail] (1973)
Photostat, clear plastic overlay, grease pencil, and tape
18 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (47 x 34.3 cm)
Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pat and John Rosenwald Gift
© Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by Artists Rights Society, New York

Archived News

Robert Smithson: Rome is still falling

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Research Fellowship Webinar with Rory O'Dea

Join us on Thursday October 13th for a webinar by 2022 Holt/Smithson Research Fellow, Rory O'Dea.
Rory will share his research surrounding Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt's time and work in the Pine Barrens, NJ.