Chinese Dinner

Nancy Holt
1972
​​​​​​​Collage and typewriter ink on paper
8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (21.6 x 15.6 cm)

The prophecies of fortune cookies serve as place settings in Holt’s Chinese Dinner, while the “table” is ornamented with the eight cardinal directions, written in English and Chinese. These eight points include Taoist measurements of yin and yang, or darkness and light, of celestial bodies at various times throughout the lunar calendar. As with her Buried Poems, this work illustrates Holt’s interest in using the composition of words and collaged elements on a page as a concrete poem, in order to visually represent a physical event that took place out in the world: in this case, dinner at a Chinese restaurant with Robert Smithson, Angela Reaves, and Carl Andre on August 25, 1972.

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