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Title :
Earthworks Symposium coordinator records
Record Group :
Arts Commission
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1973-2003  Begin Date: 1973    End Date: 2003 
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The 1979 King County Arts Commission project, "Earthworks: Land Reclamation as Sculpture," explored the possibilities of rehabilitating technologically abused land (gravel pits, surface mines, landfill sites, etc.) as environmental artworks. The project was undertaken in two phases. Phase I was the construction, by artist Robert Morris, of an earthwork sculpture at Johnson Pit #30, a former King County gravel pit now located in the City of SeaTac. Phase II was a design symposium held in Seattle in July - August 1979. To coordinate both phases of the project, the Arts Commission hired Craig Langager in November 1978 for a one-year contract. Mr. Langager, an artist and former chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, was charged with fundraising, searching for sites and sponsors for symposium artists, coordinating the selection of symposium artists, establishing an educational program and a national publicity campaign, and organizing a touring museum exhibit based on the symposium. Mr. Langager was also a Phase II symposium participant and commentator. Later he would serve on a 1993 King County ad hoc committee, the Robert Morris Earthwork Study Group, mandated by the King County Council to study the continued functioning and future of the earthwork at Johnson Pit #30. This series consists of records maintained by Mr. Langager during and after his period as symposium coordinator. The records are similar to those found in Series 278, Arts Commission Earthworks Symposium administrative files, and may in some instances duplicate them. Record types include text records (correspondence and subject files) and audiocassette tapes. The tapes were recorded by, or for, Mr. Langager and include: (1) selected symposium proceedings (July-August 1979); [[[(2) an Issaquah town hall meeting (August 16, 1979) regarding the proposed earthwork by Richard Fleischer at the former Lakeside Sand and Gravel site; and (3) an audio record of an October 1979 citizen protest of the Morris earthwork at Johnson Pit #30.]]] Photographs originally transferred with these records have been consolidated with other Earthworks photographs in Series 1747, Office of Cultural Resources Project Files: Robert Morris Earthwork. The text records have been divided into correspondence and subject files, with each division arranged alphabetically. [[[The audiotapes have been divided into symposium tapes (1, above); and tapes of ancillary events (2 and 3, above), with each subdivision arranged by date.]]] Related series: Series 278, Arts Commission Earthwork Symposium administrative files. Bulk of records date from 1978 to 1980. Series 1747, Box 4, Tape 1 includes an April 1993 tape recording of Mr. Langager describing project history to the Robert Morris Earthwork Study Group.
Physical Description :
3 document cases (.82 cubic foot) of textual materials and 9 audio cassettes.
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