First Writing Assignment

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Published by: roberttracyphd

Academic professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I teach theory courses in Art and Architecture History. In addition, I also curate exhibitions on campus as well as in other venues nationally and internationally.

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  6. Avery Christiansen
    Professor Robert Tracy
    ART 434 – 1001
    September 17, 2020
    Writing Assignment One – Cadillac Ranch

    In the middle of a Texas field lay ten Cadillac cars. The cars are half buried and at an angle, arranged in order by year. The years range from 1949 to 1963. All the cars were in running order when placed into the dirt. An art group named Ant Farm, comprised of Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michaels, planted the ten Cadillacs in 1974. These ten cars have become so iconic and so synonymous with Route 66 (though the installation was quietly moved in 1997 to a cow pasture along Interstate 40) and roadside attractions. The impact of this installation is clear in the sense that after all these years, the cars still stand. People still visit and add it as a stop when traveling in the area. Almost every American knows these cars (whether they know the name of the installation or not.) It’s even replicated as a mountain in Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure. When I was a child, I saw a picture or video of Cadillac Ranch and all I could think was, “Why are those cars like that?!” My dad told me that they had always been there and that one day we could go drive out and see them for ourselves.

    I’ve always been intrigued by the graffiti at Cadillac Ranch. I’ve never even seen the original installation until recently. I’m so conflicted about the graffiti. On one side of it, the graffiti shows just how many people have come and seen Cadillac Ranch, how long Cadillac Ranch has been there, as well as how the times have changed since the inception of Cadillac Ranch. On the other hand, I hate seeing the graffiti because that’s not how Cadillac Ranch originally looked. Though graffiti is now encouraged by the Ant Farm, I can’t help but think that the original cars look better. I mean, you don’t see people vandalizing Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity. All I’m saying is that you never see someone writing “Jack n Jill 4eva” on the Mona Lisa.

    “We are all citizens of Los Angeles because we have seen so many movies.” -DJ Waldie. This quote shows how, even if you’ve never been somewhere, you can still have the feeling you have been there before. We see Los Angeles so much in movies and television. They use the same streets over and over again, the same buildings, and even sometimes the same people. I can say the same about New York, New York, Washington, D.C., and London, England. You can even say the same about Cadillac Ranch. It is so well known and so iconic, you can feel as if you’ve been there before, even if you don’t know how to get there or exactly where it is.

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