Welcome to open talks and discussions exploring the work of Nancy Holt, her artistic legacy and her relevance today. Lecture language: English.
Free admission. Pre-registration is required no later than 3 October.
Coffee/tea and a light lunch are provided
Meet Milou Allerholm, writer and art historian, Stockholm; Karen Di Franco, curator and writer, London; Teresa Grandas, curator at MACBA, Barcelona; Ingo Vetter, artist and professor, University of the Arts Bremen; Bridget Crone, senior lecturer at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London; Ben Tufnell, co-founder and director of Parafin, London; and the curators of the exhibition Nancy Holt / Inside Outside: Lisa Le Feuvre, director of Holt/Smithson Foundation, Santa Fe; and Katarina Pierre, director of Bildmuseet at Umeå University.
Nancy Holt (1938–2014) was a central figure in the New York art scene and was an innovator of site-specific installation and the moving image. Across five decades, she asked questions about how we might understand our place in the world, investigating perception, systems, and place.
PROGRAMME FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER
Welcome and Introduction
Katarina Pierre, director of Bildmuseet at Umeå University
Why Nancy Holt Now? On the legacy of Nancy Holt's artistic practice and her relevance today
Lisa Le Feuvre, director of Holt/Smithson Foundation and Katarina Pierre, director of Bildmuseet
Ecological Concerns from Land Art to Posthumanism
Milou Allerholm, writer and lecturer in art theory and art history, Stockholm
The Public and the Private: On political concerns in Nancy Holt’s and other artists’ practices in the '70s
Teresa Grandas, curator at MACBA: Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona
12.00–13.00 LUNCH BREAK
Expanded Ecologies of the Image in Nancy Holt’s Film Work
Bridget Crone, senior lecturer at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London (live broadcasted talk on a large screen)
Nancy Holt: The Horizon of the Text
Karen Di Franco, curator and writer based in London
14.20–14.35 COFFEE BREAK
All These Relationships: How the understanding of site-specificity has changed in my own artistic practice
Ingo Vetter, artist and professor at the University of the Arts Bremen
Closing session (Panel)
Moderator: Katarina Pierre
Bildmuseet stays open until 17.00
Milou Allerholm is a writer and lecturer in Art theory and Art history based in Stockholm. She is a recurrent art critic in the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, and writes for art magazines, including kunstkritikk.com, Form Magazine, and Konstperspektiv. 2011–2021 she held a position as a Senior lecturer in art history at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She is the author of several publications and books, with an essay on the artist Anna Nyberg appearing in autumn 2022.
Bridget Crone is senior lecturer at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focus on the body in material and speculative terms, questions of “liveness” and the image in relation to performance theory/practice, and the changing relations of body, technology, and ecology.
Karen Di Franco is a curator and writer working in the fields of exhibition making and art historical research. She specializes in post-1960s feminist art practice and artists’ publishing, alongside the contexts of iteration, fiction writing and performance as points of enquiry in her work.
Teresa Grandas is curator and art historian at MACBA: Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. She has curated a number of exhibitions and published monographs on artists such as Carol Rama, Fina Miralles, Joan Brossa, and Takis. Teresa Grandas is responsible for the upcoming presentation of Nancy Holt / Inside Outside at MACBA in 2023.
Lisa Le Feuvre is the inaugural executive director of Holt/Smithson Foundation. A writer and curator, she previously directed the Henry Moore Institute (2010-17), a centre for the study of sculpture, led the contemporary art program at the National Maritime Museum (2005-09), and developed programs across London arts and academic institutions including Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths College, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Britain, and The Photographers’ Gallery.
Katarina Pierre is director of Bildmuseet at Umeå University. Pierre has been instrumental in developing the artistic profile of Bildmuseet, first as curator from 1995 and then as artistic director since 2010. Her research focuses on how art addresses post-colonial issues, power hierarchies, and gender. Her recently curatorial projects include solo exhibitions with John Akomfrah, Grada Kilomba, Naeem Mohaiemen, Zanele Muholi, and Zineb Sedira.
Ingo Vetter is a visual artist working with sculpture, photography, and installations. He teaches as a professor for Sculpture at the University of the Arts Bremen, with a specific focus on artistic materials and production in globalization. Among his previous appointments are as professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden (2006-11), visiting professor at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, USA (2008), and currently a guest lectureship at Vietnam University of Fine Arts in Hanoi.
Ben Tufnell is co-founder and director of Parafin in London. Previously he was a curator at Tate Britain and then director of exhibitions at Haunch of Venison, London. His books include Land Art (Tate Publishing, 2006) and In Land: Writings Around Land Art and Its Legacies (Zero Books, 2019). Tufnell worked closely with Nancy Holt in the last years of her life, curating gallery exhibitions and coordinating presentations of her work in museums in Vancouver, Manchester, Los Angeles, Munich, and elsewhere.