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EARTH DAY EVENT In Partnership with Mojave Desert Land Trust

  • Mojave Desert Land Trust 60124 Twentynine Palms Highway Joshua Tree, CA, 92252 United States (map)
Sarah Vanderlip, Untitled (Double Ellipses), 2018

Sarah Vanderlip, Untitled (Double Ellipses), 2018

EARTH DAY APRIL 22, 2018 11-4PM

Join us in Celebrating Earth Day April 22, 2018 at Mojave Desert Land Trust Head Quarters (11am 4pm.) Featuring a Site-Specific Installation by Sarah Vanderlip.  The new work will be sited to create a parity and dialogue with Vanderlip's existing work, #catruckheads at HDTS.

Start out at the HQ with Activities and Pop-ups by BKB Ceramics / BKB Design, JT Gem Co.,  Catharine Stebbins Treasure<>Trash, Face painting by Jacqueline Scibona and more...

Then head out to Rough Play Projects (roughly a 10 min walk from the HQ!) to view a  New Site-Specific Installation by Sarah Vanderlip. 

*ROUGH PLAY PROJECTS MAPS to Site-Specifc Installation paths will be available at MDLT HQ. Also available @roughplayprojects IG and for download here : MAPS 

Learn more about MDLT's Reading The Landscape program - a set of guidelines to help artists make informed decisions about engaging with this land and its delicate ecosystems. These tips are a resource to advise artists throughout their creative processes, to ensure that each step is done in a way that will preserve the landscapes for future generations. 

Organized by Artist and Independent Curator Deborah Martin in partnership with Rough Play Projects and Mojave Desert Land Trust Reading The Landscape.


MAPS to Site-Specifc Installation paths will be available at MDLT HQ.  (Installations sites are roughly a 10 min walk from MDLT. Parking is also available on Rockwood Rd. a 2min walk to the site paths.)

Mojave Desert Land Trust Head Quarters: 
60124 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Rough Play Projects: 
60461 Chollita Rd. Joshua Tree, CA 92252


Sarah Vanderlip

Sarah Vanderlip

Sarah Vanderlip

After receiving her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale in 1991, Sarah Vanderlip lived in New York for over a decade.  She participated in exhibitions, lectures, benefits, residencies and collaborative projects in the city, the country and abroad.  Highlights included solo shows at White Columns and XL Gallery and achieving critical success in publications such as Art in America, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Village Voice.

In 1999, Vanderlip began teaching undergraduate and graduate sculpture at University of California, Los Angeles and taught there until 2003. Ultimately moving to Los Angeles in 2001, she later started teaching sculpture and drawing at California State University, Bakersfield. From 2003-2005, she directed the University’s gallery there, curating such shows as Nature Study and About Face. She also curated Kiki Smith: Homework at the Fabric Workshop/Museum in Philadelphia in 2002.

Between 2003 and 2006, Vanderlip built a permanent, site-specific installation entitled CA. Truckhead at the High Desert Test Site in Joshua Tree.  She also had a solo show at the L.A.C. Lieu Arte Contemporain in Sigean, France, a group show at MOCA, Denver, a solo show at Galerie Jacques Girard in Toulouse, France, and installed a second Truckhead sculpture in a private collection in upstate New York. In 2007, her work was featured on the acclaimed HBO series —The L Word and she inaugurated a visiting artist program at the Lycee Paul Sabatier in Carcasonne, France.  

In 2008, she received a University Research Council award and had her first solo show in Los Angeles at Sandroni Rey's Container. In 2010, she had a one-person show in New York at Art Production Fund LAB. She had a solo show at Shoshana Wayne Project Space, in Santa Monica in 2012, and won the inaugural Marjorie Shiele Prize from the Cincinnati Art Museum that same year, resulting in a solo museum show and cash award.  Most recently, in 2017, her CA. Truckhead, 2003 was featured in British Vogue as a significant earthwork.

Vanderlip continues to live in Los Angeles and teach at CSUB. She is currently Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Professor of Sculpture.

Sarah Vanderlip Study for Untitled (Double Ellipses), 2018 Aluminum and mirror-polished stainless steel

Sarah Vanderlip Study for Untitled (Double Ellipses), 2018 Aluminum and mirror-polished stainless steel

MDLT HQ Activities + Pop-Ups


Artist and educator Catharine Stebbins will demonstrate how to repurpose plastic bags and other bits of refuse otherwise destined for land fills, into a variety of fun projects such as friendship bracelets, plarn (plastic yarn!) and more. Visitors are encouraged to participate and take away their own creations. Stebbins's pieces will be for sale, with 50% of the proceeds from the day directly benefitting the Mojave Desert Land Trust.



BKB Ceramics / BKB Design

BKB Ceramics / BKB Design

Jamie and Brian Bosworth at their new Palm Springs art boutique, BKB Handcrafted (Photo: Lance Gerber/DESERT magazine)

Jamie and Brian Bosworth at their new Palm Springs art boutique, BKB Handcrafted
(Photo: Lance Gerber/DESERT magazine)



"Magic things for the space you occupy" Purveyor of minerals and gemstones in the high desert. We offer specimens from around the world in various forms: raw, carved, tumbled, & polished. All pieces are hand selected and the carefully curated collection varies seasonally.



Earlier Event: April 7
Later Event: April 22