"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James Nisbet, curators , Teresa Grandas, Lisa Le Feuvre, and Katarina Pierre, and two texts by Nancy Holt—a previously unpublished self-interview and a reflection on the ecological aspects of her work.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

2022 Research Fellow: Margo Handwerker

We are delighted to announce our second 2022 Holt/Smithson Foundation Research Fellowship awardee: Margo Handwerker. 

Margo Handwerker is Chief Curator and Director of the Texas State Galleries at Texas State University. Handwerker holds a Ph.D. from the School of Architecture at Princeton University and a Masters in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of M12 STUDIO, a group of artists, researchers, and writers collectively based in Big Springs, Nebraska.

First Annual Holt/Smithson Foundation Lecture

We are very pleased to announce the first in a ten-year series of Annual Lectures, a new Holt/Smithson Foundation program that invites artists, writers, and thinkers to extend the creative legacies of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson.

Virginia Dwan (1931-2022)

At Holt/Smithson Foundation we are honored that Virginia Dwan served on our Board of Directors from 2018 until her passing on September 4, 2022. Her wisdom, humor, curiosity, warmth, attention to detail, and vast expertise has contributed immensely to our young foundation. We will miss her a great deal.