Center for Land Use Interpretation

Culver City, CA

Matthew Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), based in Los Angeles. He performs many functions at the Center, including acting as a fundraiser, administrator, multimedia artist, photographer, videographer, archivist, graphic designer, composer, janitor and teacher. He has presented numerous exhibitions at CLUI, including Birdfoot: Where America’s River Dissolves into the Sea, Pavement Paradise: American Parking Space and The Blue Ridge Parkway: America’s Drive-Through National Park. CLUI has exhibited at the Boulder Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Greenland National Museum and many other venues. For his work with the CLUI, he has been given a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and a Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

American Land Museum

Center for Land Use Interpretation

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The American Land Museum is a museum in and about the landscape of the United States. It presents a reflection of the physical national fabric as a constructed document, on which the culture and history of the Nation is inscribed. The museum is a curated informational entity, presented primarily through the internet, where a website will provide a portal through which to experience the museum. The project also has physical components, including intermittent movable and fixed interpretive centers that serve as access points for experiencing the land as museum, as well as brochures and other printed publications.

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