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Coolidge, Matthew

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

After several attempts at making art in more established media (installation, conceptual, site-specific, and video) proved unsatisfactory, the notion of establishing an institutional lens as a perspectival art medium resolved itself in my mind. Forming, growing, and evolving the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the entity that arose as a result, has been my work since 1994. Now a "real" institution, with a (small) staff, offices, and projects that have been completed with museums and other cultural venues across the United States and Europe, the Center continues to operate according to its mission - to increase and diffuse information about how the nation's lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived - and to expand its reach further into the cultural realm.

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