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OCTOBER 19, 2012–JANUARY 20, 2013

Nancy Holt Sightlines will offer an in-depth look at the early projects of this important American artist whose pioneering work falls at the intersection of art, architecture, and time-based media. Since the late 1960s, Holt has created a far-reaching body of work, including Land Art, films, videos, site-specific installations, artist's books, concrete poetry, and major sculpture commissions. Nancy Holt Sightlines showcases the artist's transformation of the perception of the landscape through the use of different observational modes in her early films, videos, and related works from 1966 to 1980. With her novel use of cylindrical forms, light, and techniques of reflection, Holt developed a unique aesthetics of perception, which enabled visitors to her sites like Sun Tunnels (1973-76), located in Utah's Great Basin, to engage with the landscape in new and challenging ways.

Nancy Holt Sightlines is a traveling exhibition organized by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University and curated by Alena J. Williams. Major support for this exhibition is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, and UMFA Members.

 


 

ROTATING SLIDE SHOW: Slide 1 / Holt shooting the film Sun Tunnels, 1978. Photograph by Lee Deffebach. Courtesy of Haunch of Venison Gallery, London.  |  Nancy Holt, Pine Barrens, 1975, still from 16-mm film. © Nancy Holt/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy Haunch of Venison Gallery, London.  Slide 2 / Nancy Holt, Concrete Visions, 1967, New Jersey, composite of four 126-format black-and-white photographs. © Nancy Holt/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of Haunch of Venison Gallery, London. |  Nancy Holt, Views Through a Sand Dune, 1972, Narragansett Beach, Rhode Island, cement-asbestos pipe, sand. Photo Credit: Nancy Holt. © Nancy Holt/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of Haunch of Venison Gallery, London. | Nancy Holt, Preparatory drawing of "Sun Tunnels," 1975, pencil and twelve black and white photographs on paper. © Nancy Holt/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of Haunch of Venison Gallery, London. Slide 3 / Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-76). Concrete, steel and earth, Great Basin Desert, Utah. Photo credit: Nancy Holt. © Nancy Holt/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of Haunch of Venison Gallery, London. | Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-76). Concrete, steel and earth, Great Basin Desert, Utah. Photo credit: Nancy Holt. © Nancy Holt/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy of Haunch of Venison Gallery, London. 

 

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Sun Tunnels Self-Guided Tour

 

EVENTS

View Sun Tunnels with artist Nancy Holt. Take advantage of this rare opportunity...

Saturday, October 20 | 6 pm | free

(Participants must arrange their own
transportation.)
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Art Talk: "Sun Tunnels: Construction/Reconstruction"

Tuesday, October 23 | 4–5:30 pm | free

This art talk begins with a viewing of Nancy Holt's short film, "Sun Tunnels," which chronicles her creation of the famous earthwork in Utah's desert. After viewing the film, professors Hikmet Sidney Loe and Paul Stout will give a presentation on their reconstruction work on "Sun Tunnels" in 2010.

 

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