CM: Unlike other organizations that work with site-specific public art exhibitions, the scope and scale of LAND’s projects all fall into one of three categories—can you expand on what those are and what the decision process was for focusing on 3 specific approaches to public engagement?
SMM: The three main types, or scales, of our commissioned programming include large-scale, multi-site, multi-artist exhibitions (group thematic shows that exist over time and space); monographic exhibitions or discrete group exhibitions; and one-night ephemeral performances and durational events. These varying scales each hold the same level of import curatorially, and each hold equal weight to my mind. As part of LAND’s mission, we feel it is critical to engage the public in the various facets of artists’ endeavors and practices, not just a final product that is hung on a wall. We believe that the public deserves the right to experience innovative and thoughtful contemporary art in their day-to-day existence, something beyond the museum or gallery context. We also believe that artists deserve the opportunity to realize projects and ideas that might not make sense in a museum or gallery, which lends itself to our structure.
Laura Hyatt’s talk begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, at the Barrick.
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LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is a non-profit art organization founded in 2009 as a public art initiative committed to curating site – and situation – specific contemporary art projects, in Los Angeles and beyond. Laura Hyatt has been the development director since she graduated from Sotheby’s Institute in 2012.
The UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series features a diverse array of some of the most compelling artists and thinkers working in the art world today. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students. This program has established itself as an invaluable resource for UNLV students and the public alike. The primary mission of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through visual presentations and discourse.