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Nancy Holt, Preparatory drawing of “Sun Tunnels,” 1975, pencil and twelve black and white photographs on paper, 14 x 20 in.

Mining the Wasteland: Land Art's Legacy in Contemporary Art and Politics
Oct 08, 2011 (4pm)

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In conjunction with Nancy Holt: Sightlines, the Graham Foundation will host a panel discussion, artist talk and book signing on October 8th.

4 PM Panel Discussion: The panel will consider the wider influence of Land Art since the 1960s and 70s, and new perspectives on Nancy Holt’s interdisciplinary oeuvre through a critical rethinking of how the field has come to be defined.


Matthew Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an education and research organization based in Los Angeles, established in 1994. The work of the Center has been presented in museums, universities, and noncommercial exhibit spaces across the United States, and Europe. Coolidge teaches in the curatorial practice program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is the author and editor of several books, including Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Up River: Points of Interest on the Hudson River, and The Nevada Test Site: A Guide to the Nation's Nuclear Proving Ground.

Miwon Kwon is Professor of Contemporary Art History at UCLA. She is the author of One Place after Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2002) as well as numerous essays on an international roster of contemporary artists. She is currently organizing a historical survey exhibition with co-curator Philipp Kaiser entitled “Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974,” scheduled to open at LAMOCA in spring 2012.

Yates McKee is a PhD Candidate in Art History at Columbia University, and he teaches contemporary art at Cooper Union. His work on art, politics, and ecology has appeared in Grey Room, October, Art Journal, Artforum, Oxford Art Journal, Third Text and Texte Zur Kunst. Most recently, he contributed a text to the catalogue for Allora & Calzadilla's United States Pavillion at the 2011 Venice Bienale.

Ann Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her recent publications include essays on Blonde Cobra; Zoe Leonard's So you see I am here after all; Charles Simonds' Urban Dwellings; the politics of emotion; Parker Tyler; and feminist exhibitions and publics circa 1970. She is the author of Robert Smithson: Learning From New Jersey and Elsewhere (MIT Press, 2003) and is currently working on a book project entitled Home Movies: Creativity, Community, and Publics in New York, 1940-1970.

Branden W. Joseph (moderator) is The Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.  He is the author of Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage (Zone Books, 2008), Anthony McCall: The Solid Light Films and Related Works (Steidl, 2005), and Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde (MIT Press, 2003).  His writings have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including Grey Room, a journal of architecture, art, media, and politics, published quarterly by MIT Press since 2000, of which he is a founding editor.

Alena J. Williams (Introduction) is the curator of Nancy Holt: Sightlines, the traveling exhibition on Holt's Land art, films, video, and related works from 1966 to 1980. She is a doctoral candidate in modern and contemporary art in Art History at Columbia University. Williams was a fellow in the postgraduate research group “Media of History – History of Media" at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. Her publications include Nancy Holt: Sightlines (UC Press, 2011) and Light Is a Kind of Rhythm (merz&solitude, 2009).

7 PM Artist Talk: Nancy Holt will present an artist's talk, which will be followed by a book signing and reception.

"Mining the Wasteland: Land Art's Legacy in Contemporary Art and Politics" is co-presented with The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.

For more information on the exhibition, Nancy Holt: Sightlines, click here.