Cebolla Canyon

Betsy Blaney

The Texas Tech classroom for Chris Taylor’s Land Arts of the American West course is immense. For a semester he guides a group of students to five Southwestern states. They camp and go to beautiful spaces, some of which have ugly pasts.

Darkness creeps over the campsite inside Cebolla Canyon about 100 miles west of Albuquerque. A waxing moon casts muted light as seven students from across the country and the globe, associate architecture professor Chris Taylor and a field guest circle up their slack-backed chairs.