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Film Works by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson in Vancouver

Film Works by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson in Vancouver
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Film works by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson at Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. Monday June 10, 7 pm. Free admission. The Cinematheque 1131 Howe Street.

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Image: Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (detail), 1973-76, Great Basin Desert, Utah. Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Join Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver for a special one night screening at The Cinematheque of four film works by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson. Nancy Holt is one of the leading artists of her generation and a pioneer in conceptual, site-specific art and film and video work. She is one of a group of important international artists who initiated the Land art movement in the late 1960s. The CAG exhibition Selected Photo and Film Works brings together a selection of photographs from 1967 onwards, many seen for the first time in public, alongside pivotal text and film works.

Sun Tunnels (1978) depicts Holt’s best-known environmental work, four large concrete tunnels, aligned in pairs along an axis of the rising and setting sun on a summer or winter solstice, the pipes acting as viewing devices for the sky, the surrounding landscape, and each other. Using the natural environment as both medium and subject, with a focus on the cyclical time of the universe, the daily axial rotation of our planet Earth, and its annual orbit around the sun, Holt’s films reflect her determination to connect people with the planet Earth, to bring “the sky down to earth.”

**The exhibition, Nancy Holt, Selected Photo and Film Works continues until June 16.

http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/

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