Spiral Jetta

Author(s): Erin Hogan


Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art. Her journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, and heat exhaustion. This title presents a chronicle of this journey.


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"The reader emerges enlightened and even delighted.... Casually scrutinizing the artistic works... while gamely playing up her fish-out-of-water status, Hogan delivers an ingeniously engaging travelogue-cum-art history." - Atlantic "Smart and unexpectedly hilarious." - Kevin Nance, Chicago Sun-Times "One of the funniest and most entertaining road trips to be published in quite some time." - June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune "Hogan ruminates on how the work affects our sense of time, space, size, and scale. She is at her best when she reexamines the precepts of modernism in the changing light of New Mexico, and shows how the human body is meant to be a participant in these grand constructions." - New Yorker "I was never quite sure what Hogan was looking for when she set out... or indeed whether she found it. But I loved the ride. In Spiral Jetta, an unshamedly honest, slyly uproarious, ever-probing book, art doesn't magically have the power to change lives, but it can, perhaps no less powerfully, change ways of seeing." - Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times Book Review"

Erin Hogan is director of public affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago.

General Fields

  • : 9780226348452
  • : The University of Chicago Press
  • : University of Chicago Press
  • : July 2008
  • : 224mm X 148mm X 19mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : Erin Hogan
  • : 176