"Nancy Holt: Between Heaven and Earth" at Western Washington University

This week the exhibition Nancy Holt: Between Heaven and Earth launches at the Western Gallery at Western Washington University, the location of Nancy Holt’s Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings (1977-78).

Between Heaven and Earth follows the development of Holt’s ideas that led her to create Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings. This trans-disciplinary exhibition addresses both the complexities of Holt’s artwork and her interests in geology, biology, ecology, surveying technology and astronomy.

The selection of artworks incorporates several important formational works for Holt, which are on loan from Holt/Smithson Foundation’s collection. Alongside drawings of Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings are a selection of early concrete poems, the photographic series Light and Shadow Photo Drawings, the composite photowork Old Sarum Ruins illustrated above, and examples of her Locators from 1972.  The Locators play an important role: these early lens-less sighting devices set the visual syntax that informs Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings and demonstrate her career-long interest in visual perception and the interconnectedness between directional awareness and how we locate ourselves within a physical place.

Nancy Holt, Between Heaven and Earth is curated by Professor Barbara Miller, who contributed to the Foundation’s Scholarly Text series with an essay on Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings, and is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The exhibition is open January 14 - May 7, 2022.

Nancy Holt, Old Sarum Ruins (1969)

Composite of 4 photographs from 126 format transparencies printed in 2012 

23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches (60.5 x 60.5 x 4 cm)

Edition of 5 +1AP

Archived News

Holt/Smithson Foundation Joins the World Weather Network

In response to the global climate emergency, Holt/Smithson Foundation has joined twenty-seven arts organizations across the world to form the World Weather Network, a ground-breaking constellation of “weather stations” located across the world in oceans, deserts, mountains, farmland, rainforests, observatories, lighthouses, and cities. 

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We are very pleased to announce the exhibition Nancy Holt / Inside Outside launches this June, produced by Bildmuseet, one of Sweden’s foremost contemporary art venues. The exhibition explores the artist’s rich artistic legacy through a selection of works spanning 1967 to 1992. This is the most ambitious exhibition of her work to date. Perceptions and demarcations of being "inside" and "outside" guide this survey exhibition.

Robert Smithson works in "The Power of Wonder" at Museum unter Tage in Bochum, Germany

Works by Robert Smithson will be included in the group exhibition The Power of Wonder: New Materialisms in Contemporary Art at Museum unter Tage in Bochum, Germany. 

Two artworks that Robert Smithson originally made during his time in Germany in 1969 will be on view in the exhibition: Mirror Displacement: Indoors (1969) and Essen Earth  and Mirrors (for Bernd and Hilla Becher) (1969).

"Second Site" by James Nisbet

Author and art historian James Nisbet has recently written a new book titled Second Site, which explores "how environmental change and the passage of time transform the meaning of site-specific art." Second Site examines the effect of changing conditions on a number of site-specific artworks, including both Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels (1973-76) and Robert Smithson's 

Discussions On "Sound As Sculpture"

A significant selection of audio works by Nancy Holt are currently on view in the group exhibition Sound as Sculpture at The Warehouse Dallas

The Warehouse is hosting a series of discussions on the exhibition Sound As Sculpture, including one upcoming discussion on Nancy Holt's sound works with Lisa Le Feuvre and James Nisbet this Friday, March 18.