Splendid Spaces: Artist-Created Environments

Discover some of the most innovative gardens, sculpture parks, outdoor installations, monuments, and land artworks created in recent history. Conceived by artists eager to transcend the limits of the traditional museum or gallery setting, these unique environments offer fully immersive, mind-altering experiences that break down the historical dichotomy between life and art. We will explore prime examples, many of which have become cult destinations, such as Le Facteur Cheval’s Ideal Palace; Nicky de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garde n; Jean Dubuffet’s Villa Falbala ; Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels ; Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Valley Curtain ; James Turrell’s Roden Crater ; Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta ; and Tomás Saraceno's Cloud Citie s. We will also discuss a wide range of contemporary artists who operate across multiple disciplines in order to address political, socioeconomic, or ecological issues in imaginative ways, including Theaster Gates, Thomas Hirschhorn, Maya Lin, Mel Chin, Ai Weiwei, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s seminal text, The Poetics of Space (1958), will serve as an insightful guide as we view these highly original creations, recognizing them not merely as interesting environments, but more importantly as fully realized visions with sensual and spiritual dimensions.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with artist-created environments that have become cult destinations
  • Knowledge about noteworthy gardens, sculpture parks, outdoor installations, monuments and land artworks
  • An understanding of interdisciplinary practices of famous artists

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and practicing arts professionals
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