IMAGE: Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1978), 26:31 min, color, sound, © Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at ARS. Distributed by EAI, New York.

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Film Screening: Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels & Other Shorts

In accordance with new guidelines from the City of Austin as a result of COVID-19, this event has been postponed until Spring 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will make decisions about future museum programming in the coming days and weeks.
On the artist’s birthday, this special screening of Nancy Holt’s films explore the act of looking, creating portraits of remote places, and documenting the development of her monumental sculpture Sun Tunnels. Visiting guest speakers DeeDee Halleck, media activist and Holt's longtime film editor, and Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers and other novels, will discuss the artist and her legacy following the screening.

Presented in partnership with Austin Film Society. Tickets and schedule available at, with discounts for Museum Members (email invitation with promo code will be sent to members; you may also contact for the code).
Celebrating Nancy Holt's Time Span: Films and Events

Explore visionary artist Nancy Holt (1938–2014) and her contributions to Land art and film through special screenings and events. Commissioned for Laguna Gloria in 1981, Holt’s site-specific, kinetic sculpture Time Span enters The Contemporary Austin’s permanent collection thanks to a gift by Holt/Smithson Foundation. Presented in partnership with Austin Film Society, with special thanks to Holt/Smithson Foundation.

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