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Leah Gilliam

New Museum

The Pathfinder mission to Mars five years ago produced only some soil samples and a week’s worth of grainy stills showing a broad red desert that looked like the inner reaches of Nevada. Yet NASA’s scientists, eager to establish the history of Mars’s formation and the potential for further exploration there, were thrilled. And the rest of the world fell in love, crowding around TV screens and jamming Web pages in record numbers to ogle the planet’s never before seen contours as recorded by the vessel’s little roving camera, Sojourner.

It is this moment of fascination and longing that Leah Gilliam reframes in “Agenda for a Landscape.” The darkened gallery featured three video projections: In Rover Transmission Archive, 2002, the red landscape crackles into view in images interspersed among digitally generated washes of color and Gilliam’s own shots of American fields and valleys that resemble

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