April 8: Ends of the Earth

Los Angeles is having a land-art moment.


Los Angeles is having a land-art moment. From the frenzy over Michael Heizer’s 340-ton granite boulder, Levitated Mass, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to the first-of-its-kind survey ”Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the sixties earthwork movement has gone mainstream. The MoCA show, opening April 8 (through July 30), documents 100 land art groundbreakers as they carved out a niche in the wake of modernism. Naturally, the exhibition will blossom both inside and outside the Geffen Contemporary, with works like Richard Long’s 1970 A Line the Length of a Straight Walk From the Bottom to the Top of Silbury Hill (left) and Hans Haacke’s mass of dirt Grass Grows (1967/1969), which will be re-created in the parking lot. Visitors can also take a field trip to Heizer’s MoCA-owned Double Negative—two trenches 1,500 feet long the artist carved into the Nevada desert in 1969. For those who can’t make it, there’s always Google Earth.

Photo: courtesy of Sperone Westwater, New York