Gavin Kroeber is an artist whose projects and writings poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance. He produces curatorial projects and performance events that interrogate the cultural dynamics of power and their expression in the poetics of place. His project New Cities, Future Ruins, which received the 2016 Meadows Prize, investigated planetary crises of growth, migration, and sustainability in the sprawling cities of the Sun Belt. Recently relocated to St. Louis, he organized the 2018 festival Dwell in Other Futures: Art / Urbanism / Midwest and the interdisciplinary platform Art + Landscape STL, which culminated in a 2019 exhibition produced in partnership with the German art institution Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Granite City Art & Design District (G-CADD). He most recently launched Laboratory for Suburbia, a collaboration with The Luminary and Washington University in St. Louis's Divided City initiative, and is currently developing a project engaging the multiplying burn zones of California's wildfires. He is co-founder of the nomadic curatorial platform Experience Economies and was Producer at Creative Time from 2005 until 2010. He is a regular contributor to Art in America and has written for publications such as Afterall, Art in America, Art Journal, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. He holds a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Landscape Experience was a two-week summer session organized by Experience Economies (Gavin Kroeber and Rebecca Uchill) at Mildred’s Lane, the 93-acre rural art complex overseen by artists Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett. It brought together artists, urbanists, writers, curators, historians, and others (both invited guests and wider publics) to experimentally engage a variety of landscapes—from the physical grounds of Mildred’s Lane to the complex cultural geography of the Catskills to wider global landscapes of political power.
The session's centerpiece was a three-day road trip, planned in collaboration with writer and cultural critic James Trainor. Moving north from Mildred’s Lane on the Delaware River, the itinerary took in Borscht Belt ruins, Hudson River School sites, early 20th-century bohemian enclaves, and contemporary art spaces—both public and domestic.
Public highlights included a discussion with artists and designers Damon Rich, Jae Shin, and Rodney Gilbert on the urban cultural landscape of Newark, N.J., the opening of artist Hope Ginsburg’s exhibition Land Dive Team, a silent walk led by artists Gina Siepel and Sarah Smith, a performance orchestrated by artist Pablo Helguera, and an evening with Trainor and fellow authors John Green and Michael Blanding spent exploring the cartographic imaginary.
With the further participation of: Betsy Athens, Merve Bedir, Dan Borelli, Dina Deitsch, Eric Ellingsen, Sarah Urist Green, Marie Lorenz, Tea Mäkipää, Cara Starke, Karinne Keithley Syers, and Mark Tribe.