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Acquiring History: The 50 Year Legacy of Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed at Kent State University

Presented by Kent State University School of Art at KSU Downtown Gallery, Kent OH

Aug 04 2020
Sep 26 2020
Acquiring History: The 50 Year Legacy of Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed at Kent State University

In January 1970, School of Art students and faculty welcomed Robert Smithson to Kent State University as an artist-in-residence. The event came about through the invitation of several students who wrote to Smithson and invited him, and then worked to make a sculpture during his time on campus. In the years since Robert Smithson visited, his fame and the influence of his artwork has grown. The piece he made here, “Partially Buried Woodshed,” has led an arduous existence and only a very small remnant of it remains. This exhibit celebrates the 50 year legacy of the work and highlights the student led activities that helped make this important moment in the history of art happen.

The exhibition includes video interviews from faculty, documentary photographs, essays on the history of the artwork, and even the largest known remnant of the woodshed. “Partially Buried Woodshed,” which was started as a student-initiated project, was the beginning of what is known as “land art” or

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