22 September - 11 December 2010

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery opens its exhibition season with Nancy Holt: Sightlines, a thematic exhibition offering 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.

Sep 21, 2010, 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Opening Reception
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
826 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
1190 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027

Since the late 1960s, Nancy 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.

Sightlines encompasses more than 40 works that illuminate Holt’s circumvention of modernist sculptural practice and institutional spaces. 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.

Following its presentation at the Wallach Art Gallery, Sightlines will tour to several venues in the United States and abroad. This exhibition and tour are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.


Visiting Artist’s Lecture on Thursday, September 30, 2010, at 7:30 PM at Miller Theatre, School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York. Free and open to the public.

Symposium / Book Launch on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM in 501 Schmerhorn Hall, Columbia University, New York. Free and open to the public.

Weekend Film Program Site Recordings: Land Art at Anthology Film Archives from November 19 – 21, 2010 at Anthology Film Archives, New York, with a rare screening of Nancy Holt’s 16-mm prints with the artist in conversation on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7 PM. Offering a cinematic perspective on Land Art, this three-day program includes shorts and contemporary films and videos that address the significance of the movement’s monuments and anti-monuments by such figures as Robert Smithson, Anthony McCall, Ana Mendieta, Gordon Matta-Clark, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jan Dibbets, and Richard Long. $9 general admission, $7 student/seniors, and $6 AFA members; open to the public.

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