No one who has ever driven from Salt Lake City to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty is likely to forget: How quickly you move from urbanity to emptiness. How the mountains get closer and closer and closer, until you’re in them and through them and then there are more mountains. How at one point, near the end of the two-and-a-half-hour drive, you’re suddenly aware that a big, hazy, milky penumbra is in front of you and that it’s the Great Salt Lake.
On the occasion of its exhibition “The Smithson Effect,” a look at contemporary artists influenced by Smithson and his masterwork, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts has condensed the drive into two minutes. Bet you see all of the above: