"Nancy Holt: Sightlines" Opening Reception with Nancy Holt and Curator Alena Williams
Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts is pleased to present Nancy Holt: Sightlines. The exhibition offers 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, Nancy Holt has created a far-reaching body of work, including films, videos, site-specific installations, artist’s books, concrete poetry and major sculpture commissions.
Including documentation from more than 40 projects, 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. Featured in the exhibition are Holt’s film Sun Tunnels (1978), which documents the creation of her well-known site-specific work of the same name, and Pine Barrens (1975), a meditative documentary about a notoriously vast, undeveloped region in central New Jersey.
Other notable works in the exhibition include Swamp (1971, in collaboration with Robert Smithson),
Locating #2 (1972), Boomerang (1973, in collaboration with Richard Serra), Points of View (1974),
a four-monitor installation and Revolve (1977), alongside materials from early moments of Holt’s
career that have been selected from the artist’s archive, which has only now become available for
exhibition and study.
Exhibition opens OCT 7, with a reception from 6-8pm, and continues through DEC 17. Gallery Hours are WED-SAT, 11-5 PM, every third THU of the month to 8 PM.
Nancy Holt: Sighnlines was curated by Alena J. Williams, a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia’s
department of art history and archaeology. The Chicago presentation is organized by Graham
Foundation Director Sarah Herda with Program Coordinator Ellen Hartwell Alderman.
for more information, please visit www.grahamfoundation.org
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Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.