Limits of Visibility by Gillian Shaffer Lutsko

11/17/23, 12:00PM

  • Friday, November 17, 2023
    Gin D. Wong Auditorium

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Presentation: Limits of Visibility by Gillian Shaffer Lutsko

Exhibition on View: Monday, November 6th to Sunday, November 12th

Lower Rosendin & Lindhurst Gallery


Exhibition Opening Reception: Monday, November 6th, 6PM

Lower Rosendin & Lindhurst Gallery


Faculty Sightings Presentation: Limits of Visibility by Gillian Shaffer Lutsko

November 17th, 12:00PM

Gin D. Wong Auditorium

The history of the Salton Sea is one of flows and fluctuations. Periodically, when the Colorado River overflows its boundaries, giant lakes form—the Salton Sea and, before that, the larger Lake Cahuilla. These bodies of water support vibrant ecosystems, nomadic tribes, agriculture, and all manner of lives and economies. Then, years later, these riverbeds silt up, the river is diverted south, and the region dries up. In the same way, since the scope of the environmental crisis in the Salton Sea first revealed itself in the ’70s, efforts to hold back these shifts and ameliorate their effects have oscillated. Task forces are set up, studies are commissioned, management and renewal plans are outlined. But before real change can be implemented interest wanes, funding is withdrawn, and focus shifts to another, apparently more pressing crisis. How, then, can real change be achieved in a region with rapidly changing environmental and lived conditions, landscape is fragile and funding is precarious?

 Inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted’s seven-mile long “Emerald Necklace”, the Coachella Valley Master Plan envisions a new model of urban development which combines socially programmed “charms” and urban elements along a path connecting Albert Frey’s North Shore Yacht Club to the Salton Sea State Beach Recreation Area. The spaces created are flexible, reconfigurable, dynamic. New structures are simple and easily constructed, even off-the-shelf. Materials are humble, durable, and largely renewable or recyclable. Modular elements reflect community needs and institutions—from recreation to entrepreneurship, culture and the arts, energy, recreation and play, infrastructure, and environmental protection.