Holt/Smithson Foundation Friday Films — "Utah Sequences" on April 3, 2020
Starting Friday April 3, Holt/Smithson Foundation invites you to join us for Fridays at the movies.
Between 3pm and 11pm Mountain Time (the time zone of our home base in New Mexico), every Friday through April and May we present a moving image work by Nancy Holt and/or Robert Smithson on Vimeo.
Our first Friday movie presents Nancy Holt’s Utah Sequences (1970).
This film will be publicly accessible from 3pm MT to 11pm MT on April 3, 2020.
Shot on 16 mm film, Utah Sequences shows Holt’s deep investigation of Utah’s landscape. Created six years before the completion of her landmark sculpture Sun Tunnels (1973–76), Holt’s earthwork situated in Utah’s west desert, this film explores the manmade and natural environment at Rozel Point on the north arm of Great Salt Lake. The film captures wood cabins, an amphibious vehicle, and remnants of oil drilling that have largely disappeared from the site today. By contrast, the tar-seeps and salt-encrusted pelicans so present in this film remain a constant at the site.
Holt’s film shows the artist Robert Smithson, the gallerist (and our Board member) Virginia Dwan, the photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni, and one yet-to-be-identified-person as they prepare for the construction of Smithson’s iconic earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970), a giant coil of black basalt rocks that juts into Great Salt Lake at Rozel Point. Until recently thought to have been lost, Utah Sequences sheds light on Holt and Smithson’s time in Utah and invites conversations about entropy, timescales, and the human impact on the environment.
Utah Sequences is currently on loan to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. In alignment with the state of Utah’s response to COVID-19, UMFA will remain closed through May 8, 2020. Please check UMFA’s website for details for schedules before visiting.
Still from Nancy Holt, Utah Sequences (1970)
Digitized 16mm color film
Duration: 9 minutes, 26 seconds
© Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York