Nancy Holt: 'Perspectives' Opens at Dunkunsthalle November 7th
Presented in collaboration with the Holt/Smithson Foundation and Electronic Arts Intermix.
NANCY HOLT: PERSPECTIVES
Dunkunsthalle is thrilled to present Nancy Holt: Perspectives, an exhibition dedicated to the innovative moving image work of Nancy Holt. Bringing together seven film and video works spanning thirty-six years, the selection highlights her collaborative process, including several works created with Robert Smithson. Holt’s pivotal film and video works beginning in the late 1960s, explore perception and memory through experiments with point of view and process. Her engagement with the built and natural environment, site-specificity and universal time, and the material conditions of perception–concerns that defined her legacy–are brought to light here through the moving image.
Nancy Holt was a key figure in the New York art scene and is internationally recognized as one of the foremost artists in the Earth, Land, and Conceptual Art movements. Her five-decade-long practice included work in art, architecture and time-based media that consistently examines how we attempt to understand our place in the world. In opposition to other art historical categories, Holt preferred to describe herself as a “perception artist.” Across various media, her work employed systems ranging from the ecological, human, technological, and cosmological, and in ways that affirm our sense of presence and connectivity. Although she is often primarily known for her site-specific installations, such as Sun Tunnels (1973-76), a large scale work located in the Great Basin Desert, Utah, her films and videos have become landmarks of American experimental cinema and defining features of her legacy.
Holt was deeply involved in channeling perspective and instilling a sense of place. Her early videos, including Underscan (1976) and Zeroing In (1973), make conscious the act of seeing through innovative methods, and were distinctive in their use of audio/visual properties to deconstruct and reassemble perception. Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1978) depicts moments from the construction of her iconic earthwork, and is both documentation and an independent moving image work. Together, the selection presents utterly current themes of ecology and the insolvable connections between all systems, macro and micro, visible and invisible.
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This exhibition is the first in a series of monographic exhibitions at Dunkunsthalle. To learn more about Nancy Holt’s work, please visit: holtsmithsonfoundation.org.
Special thank you to Lisa Le Feurve, Ryan Muller, the Gretchen Bender Estate, and Sprüth Magers.
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