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Nancy Holt Symposium

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10 am–5 pm, Dia Chelsea

Event Details
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10 am–5 pm

535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City

$5 for Dia members; $10 general admission; $8 admission for students and seniors 

The event is sold out. Advance reservations are no longer available.

On the occasion of Dia Art Foundation’s acquisition of Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76) and the Dia:Chelsea exhibition devoted to Holt’s work, this symposium brings together scholars in the fields of architecture, art history, astronomy, and geology. Focusing on Sun Tunnels as a primary point of departure, the symposium considers defining features of the artist’s practice, including emphasis on experiential forms of viewership, engagement with the built and natural environment, material conditions of visual perception, site specificity, and universal time. Speakers include Marcel Agüeros, James Meyer, J. Myers-Szupinska, Jack Oviatt, Brigitte Shim, and Alena J. Williams, with moderators Lisa Le Feuvre (Holt/Smithson Foundation) and Courtney J. Martin (Dia Art Foundation).

The program is organized by Dia Art Foundation and Holt/Smithson Foundation, and is planned in conjunction with the concurrent presentation of Holt’s work at Dia:Chelsea in New York City.

This event is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Symposia and other DiaTalks are part of the Sackler Institute at Dia Art Foundation.


10–10:25 am

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Jessica Morgan and Courtney J. Martin

10:30–11 am

James Meyer

11–11:30 am

Brigitte Shim

11:30–12 pm

Discussion and Q&A
Moderated by Lisa Le Feuvre

12–1 pm

Lunch break and gallery viewing

1–1:30 pm

J. Myers-Szupinska

1:30–2 pm

Jack Oviatt

2–2:30 pm

Discussion and Q&A
Moderated by Courtney J. Martin

2:30–2:45 pm


2:45–3:15 pm

Alena J. Williams

3:15–3:45 pm

Marcel Agüeros

3:45–4:15 pm

Discussion and Q&A
Moderated by Kelly Kivland

4:15–4:30 pm

Final thoughts



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