IMAGE: Nancy Holt, Time Span, Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 1981. Concrete, stucco, and steel. 90 x 600 x 132 inches. Art © Holt-Smithson Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy the Holt-Smithson Foundation. The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria (formerly the Laguna Gloria Art Museum), Seven Sculptors Commission, 1981. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons, 2019.

Nancy Holt’s Time Span: Annual Viewing

Free with museum admission.

Land art pioneer Nancy Holt framed the landscape with her site-specific sculptures. Forty years ago, she created Time Span for Laguna Gloria. Once a year, the shadow of sculpture’s steel wheel aligns around a plaque inscribed with the date of artwork’s completion, also the Holt’s birthday. Come see how Time Span focuses a perspective of the park in springtime. Thanks to the Holt/Smithson Foundation’s 2020 gift, Time Span is now part of the museum’s permanent sculpture collection.

This event is part of the series, Celebrating Nancy Holt's Time Span. Join us as we 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 and Holt/Smithson Foundation. Related events can be found here.

This is an in-person, outdoor event for a limited number of people with advance tickets. Masks are required. Please review our updated visitor health & safety guidelines here.