40th Anniversary Celebration of Nancy Holt's "Time Span"

We are delighted to partner with The Contemporary Austin and Austin Film Society this April to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nancy Holt's sculpture Time Span (1981) at Laguna Gloria, in Austin, Texas. 

In Time Span Holt highlights the overlapping cycles of personal and astronomical time. Each year on April 5, the artist’s birthday, a shadow is cast by the afternoon sun through the sculpture’s steel wheel to frame a plaque on the ground inscribed with the artwork’s date of completion, also April 5. Despite the solidity of its materials, Time Span reflects change, offering variable sight lines of the surrounding landscape at different times of the day and year.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this work we have collaborated with The Contemporary Austin and Austin Film Society to create the following program of film screenings and discussions:

Outdoor Screening of Holt Films at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX
April 3, 2021 at 8:15pm CDT

This in-person, outdoor screening at The Contemporary Austin's Laguna Gloria Campus will feature the Nancy Holt films Sun Tunnels (1978) and The Making of Amarillo Ramp (1973/2014) as well as the collaborative film Swampmade by Holt and Robert Smithson in 1969.

Purchase tickets for the screening and learn more about the health and safety guidelines for the event on The Contemporary Austin website.

Annual Viewing of Nancy Holt's Time Span Alignment at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX
April 5, 2021 at 2pm CDT

Reserve tickets to witness the shadow alignment of Time Span through The Contemporary Austin website.

On Nancy Holt's Life and Art: A Conversation with DeeDee Halleck, Rachel Kushner, and Lisa Le Feuvre
April 5, 2021 at 6pm CDT
Virtual Discussion

On Nancy Holt’s birthdate, best-selling author, Rachel Kushner, interviews media activist DeeDee Halleck, Holt’s long-time collaborator and friend. With Holt/Smithson Foundation Executive Director Lisa Le Feuvre moderating, they will discuss Holt’s art, her life with Robert Smithson, Halleck’s memories of their time and work together, and the changing roles of women artists.

Register for this free Zoom event through The Contemporary Austin website.

Online Viewing of Holt and Smithson's East Coast/West Coast (1971) through Austin Film Society
April 3—10, 2021

In this improvised film, Holt assumes the role of an intellectual conceptual artist from New York while Smithson plays the stereotypical “non-conformist” from the West Coast. East Coast/West Coast (1971) will be available for online viewing the through the Austin Film Society website.

Nancy Holt working on the metal plaque in the ground that marks the completion of Time Span at 2pm on April 5, 1981. 

©Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York

Archived News

"Revolve" Screening in The Kitchen's Carlotta Schoolman Video Viewing Room

Nancy Holt's video Revolve is available to stream online through The Kitchen's Video Viewing Room celebrating the work of Carlotta Schoolman. Founded in 1971, The Kitchen is one of New York City’s oldest nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, The Kitchen is hosting a series of conversations with artists with accompanying Video Viewing Rooms. 

Nancy Holt to be featured at Punto de Vista Film Festival

Nancy Holt will be featured in the Retrospectives section of the 2021 Punto de Vista Film Festival in Pamplona, Spain. The film festival celebrates non-fiction films and "aims to revisit the history of film by connecting it to the present and, in turn, to give exposure to film-makers and artists whose work has been little seen in Spain." 

The following Holt films will be screened at the festival:

Nancy Holt, Pine Barrens (1975)

The Island Project: Point of Departure

Holt/Smithson Foundation is delighted to announce details of its first artist commission. The Island Project: Point of Departure invites Tacita Dean, Renée Green, Sky Hopinka, Joan Jonas, and Oscar Santillán to develop proposals responding to an island in Maine that was purchased sight-unseen by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson on September 30, 1971.