Nancy Holt: Sightlines on view at Chicago’s Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago presents Nancy Holt: Sightlines, offering an in-depth look at the early projects of this critical American artist whose pioneering work falls at the intersection of art, architecture, and time-based media.

Since the late 1960s, Nancy Holt has created a far-reaching body of work, including films, videos, site-specific installations, artist’s books, concrete poetry, and major sculpture commissions. Nancy Holt: Sightlines, which includes documentation from more than 40 projects, showcases the artist’s early films, videos, and related pieces from 1966 to 1980, pivotal works which transform how we perceive landscape through the use of different observational modes.

Nancy Holt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1938 and raised in New Jersey. In 1960, she graduated from Tufts University. Shortly after, she moved to New York, where – alongside a group of colleagues and collaborators including Michael Heizer, Carl Andre, Eva Hesse, Richard Serra and Robert Smithson – she began working in film, video, installation and sound art. With her novel use of cylindrical forms, light, and techniques of reflection, Holt developed a unique aesthetics of perception, which enabled visitors to her sites to engage with the landscape in new and challenging ways.

Holt is the recipient of five National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two New York Creative Artist Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honours. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Tate Modern in London, and elsewhere.

The exhibition runs from October 7-December 17, 2011. For more information, please visit