"Nancy Holt / Inside Outside" at Bildmuseet

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.

Nancy Holt / Inside Outside 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.

Holt herself was an insider and an outsider: she was a key member of the Earth, Land, and Conceptual art movements, yet her work is far lesser known than that of her male peers—a situation this exhibition strives to amend. Highlighting Holt’s commitment to perception, light, and space, Nancy Holt / Inside Outside presents several previously unseen photoworks, and the first posthumous presentation of two Systems Works, with Ventilation System (1985-92) literally moving inside and outside of the architecture of the museum.

In 1973, Holt started to research her ideas for her landmark Sun Tunnels (1973-76), creating Instamatic photostudies testing the possibilities of how vision might be focused through a sculpture located in a landscape uninterrupted by buildings and roadways. In this exhibition, these small-scale images are paired with photographs of Sun Tunnels by the influential photographer Richard Misrach (b. 1949) made fifteen years later, each measuring ten by eight feet. Placed in the context of audio and moving image works observing travel through the North American landscape, Holt’s 1986 series Alaskan Pines and Athabascan/Russian Graveyards, as well her 1969 Miami Puddles are likewise exhibited for the first time.

Underpinning this twenty-five-year survey is a call to look deeper and think harder about how humans try to find their place in the world through systems and vision, as well as through the systematic distinctions between "inside" and "outside." The exhibition launches at the time of the summer solstice when the city of Umeå, located close to the Arctic Circle, has white nights echoing Holt’s consistent tracing of the sun, moon, and stars in relation to our place on the planet.

Inside / Outside is accompanied by a book published in the summer by Monacelli Press, with texts by scholars Karen Di Franco and James Nisbet, curators , Teresa Grandas, Lisa Le Feuvre, and Katarina Pierre, and two texts by Nancy Holt—a previously unpublished self-interview and a reflection on the ecological aspects of her work. The curators of the exhibition, and editors of the publication, are Lisa Le Feuvre and Katarina Pierre. 

Bildmuseet is a part of Umeå University and the public heart of its arts campus. In seven floors of striking architecture, art, humanities and science meet across the urgent issues of our time. Bildmuseet is a place for critical encounters and conversations on art, society, and existence.

Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels photo studies [detail] (1975)

Eighty-three black and white Instamatic photographs with graphite on reverse 

3 ½ x 3 ½ in. (9 x 9 cm) each

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. 

Wednesday Writings: Chapter Two

We are delighted to launch Chapter Two of our digital program, Wednesday Writings. During Chapter Two we will focus on writings by Robert Smithson. Every Wednesday in June we will be publishing a text by Smithson to his collection of writings on our website.

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.

Tuesday Texts: Chapter Three

We are delighted to announce that throughout February we will be publishing a third chapter of our Tuesday Text Series as part of our ongoing Scholarly Text Program, which invites thinkers to focus on a single artwork by Holt and/or Smithson.

Every Tuesday we will publish a text to our website that includes images selected by the author, a short bibliography, citation reference, and endnotes pointing to the author’s references.