Gavin Kroeber is an artist, writer, and head of the interdisciplinary curatorial office The Studio for Art & Urbanism. His projects and writings, which poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance, are concerned broadly with cultural dynamics of power and in particular with their expression in the poetics of place. His current work is focused on the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt and redirective approaches to landscape. Projects in development include the performance-lecture Verdant Cities: A Warning and two public programs in St. Louis: the Fall 2017 social series At the Edge of Everything Else and a Spring 2018 event, The Autumnal City: A Midwestern Festival of Urbanism and Futurism. He is half of the curatorial collaborative Experience Economies (with Rebecca Uchill) and 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.