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, 2014.

On Nancy Holt’s Life and Art: A Conversation with DeeDee Halleck, Rachel Kushner, and Lisa Le Feuvre

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On the Nancy Holt’s birthdate, best-selling author, Rachel Kushner, interviews media activist DeeDee Halleck, Holt’s long-time collaborator and friend. With Holt/Smithson Foundation Executive Director Lisa Le Feuvre moderating, they will discuss Holt’s art, her life with Robert Smithson, Halleck’s memories of their time and work together, and the changing roles of women artists.

Related screening of Holt & Smithson’s EAST COAST/ WEST COAST (1969) available at AFS@home for a limited time.

Presented in partnership with Austin Film Society and Holt/Smithson Foundation.

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.
DeeDee Halleck is a media activist, founder of Paper Tiger Television, and co-founder of Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. As President of the Association of Independent Video and Film Makers in the 1970s, Halleck led a media reform campaign, which ultimately lead to the creation of the Independent Television Service. A close friend of Nancy Holt, she worked with Nancy on her films Pine Barrens (1975), Sun Tunnels (1978), and The Making of Amarillo Ramp (1973-2013). She is a Founding Board Member of the Holt/Smithson Foundation.

Rachel Kushner is the bestselling author of three novels: the Booker- and NBCC Award–shortlisted The Mars Room; The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times top ten book of 2013; and Telex from Cuba, a finalist for the National Book Award. Kushner’s 2021 publications are The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 and the work of fiction, The Mayor of Leipzig. She grew up in San Francisco and lives in Los Angeles.

Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator, writer, editor, and the inaugural Executive Director of Holt/Smithson Foundation. Committed to communicating and testing ideas, she has curated exhibitions in museums and galleries across Europe, published writings in international publications and journals, spoken in museums and universities across the world, sat on numerous award panels, and has played a pivotal role in shaping academic and arts organizations.