The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum lecture series presents Desert Cathedrals: Rhetorical Structures That Make America a talk by Adam Bateman, artist and curator.
In his presentation "Desert Cathedrals: Rhetorical Structures that Make America," Adam Bateman will use examples from his practice as an artist to explore institutionalized forms of American Identity and Manifest Destiny through the intersection of ideas about the Sublime, Mormon Churches, the Oregon Trail, the Hoover Dam, backyard swimming pools, Utopian communities, and the National Park System. His Glen Canyon Dam inspired sculpture, “Monolith” is on view in the Barrick Museum gallery.
An MFA graduate of Pratt Institute, NYC (2003) and a Utah native, Bateman has a history of intense engagement with the American West. Throughout his career he has used landscape, language, and form as focusing agents for ideas as diverse as aesthetic Modernism, the New Deal, and the relationship between different “architectural spaces for ritual” (nature viewing platforms, dams, museums, and churches).