The Cadillac Ranch Show


Ant Farm ( American, 1968 - 1978 )

1975, remastered 1983
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General Description

In 1973, the artist collective Ant Farm was invited to create a work on the Texas panhandle ranch of Stanley Marsh. Standing off Route 66 in Amarillo, the work comprises ten Cadillacs, made between 1949 and 1964, half-buried nose-down to show the evolution of the tailfin. The video documents the digging of the holes and semiburial of the cars with cuts of Cadillac commercials. As a Texas-born and raised group, Ant Farm can trace its roots to the mythologies that inform Texas's history, landscape, and people.

Adapted from

  • Charles Wylie, Unpublished DMA material, 2005.

  • Michael Rush, "Once Underground, Ant Farm Burrows Out," New York Times Sunday January 25, 2004, p. 29.

Web Resources

  • Ubu
    Watch Cadillac Ranch.