Most people know that Robert Smithson visited Utah long enough to create The Spiral Jetty on the northern arm of the Great Salt Lake. (He also proposed an even more humongus "land art" work in the bottom of the Bingham copper mine—but that never happened.) But few people know that he taught briefly at the Univeristy of Utah.

As part of his project Hotel Palenque (1969-72), Smithson presented a slideshow of the unfinished hotel on a Mayan archaeological site to U architecture students.

Now, you can see the same slideshow at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

UMOCA curator Rebecca Maksym says, "Looking to a ruin in reverse as an artistic medium, Smithson's thirty-one slides provide a sardonic, yet humorous analysis of the process and effects of deterioration on a cultural landscape." 

Opening Reception: Aug. 29, 7 p.m. UMOCA, 55 S. West Temple, SLC. Show runs through Oct. 4.