Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels, 1973–76, Great Basin Desert, Utah, USA © Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York
Nancy Holt / Inside Outside
Jun 17, 2022 – Feb 12, 2023
Bildmuseet
Umea, Sweden

An innovator of site specific installation and the moving image, Nancy Holt (1938–2014) expanded the places where art could be found, embracing the new media of her time. Across five decades she asked questions about how we might understand our place in the world, investigating perception, systems, and place.

Inside Outside explores the artist’s rich artistic legacy through a selection of works spanning 1966 to 1992. This is her first major European retrospective and most ambitious exhibition of her work to date. She produced concrete poetry, sculpture, earth works, audio works, film and video, photography, drawing, and room sized installations. Two of her major site responsive System Works are presented in this exhibition in their first posthumous iterations: Ventilation System (1985–92) and Electrical Lighting for Reading Room (1985).

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 a number of previously unseen photo works.

Nancy Holt / Inside Outside is curated by Lisa Le Feuvre (Executive Director, Holt/Smithson Foundation) and Katarina Pierre (Director, Bildmuseet). A fully illustrated publication, published by Monacelli Press, accompanies the exhibition, with contributions from Karen Di Franco, Lisa Le Feuvre, James Nisbet, and Katarina Pierre.

It includes a previously unpublished self-interview by Holt and three essays where Holt reflects on the ecological impact of her artwork.

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