Hikmet Loe - Salt Lake City

Hikmet Loe

Hikmet Loe

Oct 4, 2017, 7:00 pm


Hikmet Loe

Book Title

The Spiral Jetty Encyclo


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Utah Museum of Fine Arts
410 S Campus Center Dr
Salt Lake City , UT 84112-0350
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Art historian Hikmet Loe will discuss her new work on Land Art icon Robert Smithson and his Utah masterpiece Spiral Jetty at the UMFA. Loe’s presentation will be preceded by a special presentation of Smithson’s film Spiral Jetty. This event is part of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts' ARTlandish series.

Robert Smithson's earthwork, Spiral Jetty (1970), an icon of the Land Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s, is located on the northern shores of Utah's Great Salt Lake. Smithson built a masterpiece from local materials, one that spirals counterclockwise into the lake and appears or is submerged with fluctuations in the lake's locally red, saline water.

The Spiral Jetty Encyclo draws on Smithson's writings for encyclopedic entries that bring to light the context of the earthwork and Smithson's many points of reference in creating it. Visitors and armchair travelers, too, will discover how much significance Smithson placed on regional considerations, his immersion in natural history, his passion for travel, and his ability to use diverse mediums to create a cohesive and lasting work of art. Containing some 220 images, most of themin color, with some historical black and whites, The Spiral Jetty Encyclo lets readers explore the construction, connections, and significance of Smithson's 1,500-footlong curl into Great Salt Lake, created, in Smithson's words, of "mud, salt crystals, rocks, water."

Hikmet Sidney Loe teaches art history at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Her work examines the changeable nature of the earth and addresses our perceptual and cultural constructs of the land. She frequently lectures and publishes on topics related to Utah’s earthworks.

This event is made possible by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Utah Humanities.