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KPBS: Desert Jackrabbit Homesteads Inspire Artists

These Days with Maureen Cavanaugh

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Produced by Angela Carone

While driving through the California desert, you may come across derelict shacks spotting the landscape. These homesteads, called jackrabbits, were built by people laying claim to plots of desert land in response to the Small Tract Act of 1938. Our guests, both artists, have explored the jackrabbits in their work, through photographs, audio tours, sculpture and installation.

Guests:
Claire Zitzow is a local artist getting her MFA in visual arts at UCSD. Her solo exhibition “Jackrabbits and the Crow: On Dwelling and Passing” is currently on view at the Andrews Gallery.

Kim Stringfellow is an associate professor at San Diego State University. Her book Jackrabbit Homestead features photographs and text documenting the small tract act in the California desert. You can also download an audio tour at jackrabbithomestead.com.

Claire Zitzow’s solo-exhibition “Jackrabbits and the Crow: On Dwelling and Passing” is currently on view at the Andrews Gallery in Little Italy. There is a closing reception on December 10th.

Listen to the archived radio segment or read the full transcript: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2010/nov/30/desert-jackrabbit-homesteads-inspire-artists/