Nancy Holt Film Screenings
SUN TUNNELS AND SWAMP
SATURDAY 18 JULY 2020, 2 - 5PM
Running all day from 2pm, join us for special screenings of Sun Tunnels and Swamp.
Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson collaborated on Swamp in 1971, a 6 minute film which viscerally confronts issues of perception and process. The action of the film is direct: Holt walks through the tall grasses of a swamp while filming with her Bolex camera, guided only by what she can see through the camera lens and by Smithson’s verbal instructions. The viewer experiences the walk from Holt’s point of view, seeing through her camera lens and hearing Smithson’s spoken directions.
The 26 minute Sun Tunnels film documents the making of Holt’s major site-specific sculptural work in the northwest Utah desert. Completed in 1976, the sculpture features a configuration of four concrete tubes or “tunnels” that are eight feet long and nine feet in diameter. The tubes are positioned to align with the sunrise and sunset of the summer and winter solstices, and are also pierced by holes that allow light to be cast in patterns of constellations. A kind of American Stonehenge, Sun Tunnels charts the yearly and daily cycles of the sun, and calls attention to human scale and perception within the vast desert landscape.
Free Event, no booking necessary.
Image: Nancy Holt shooting the film Sun Tunnels (1978), photograph by Lee Deffebach
© Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
CATALOGUE LAUNCH & EXHIBITION TOUR
SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2020, 2PM
Join Lismore Castle Arts curator Paul McAree for an informal tour of the Light and Language exhibition across the gardens and gallery, followed by the catalogue launch.
Free event, no booking necessary.
Meet in gallery reception area.
Image: Nancy Holt, Concrete Poem (1968). Ink jet print on rag paper taken from original 126 format transparency
23 x 23 in. (58.4 x 58.4 cm.). 1 of 5 plus AP. © Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights
Society (ARS), New York.
FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2020, 7PM
Join us for Culture Night and a tour from St Carthage Hall to take in Alicia Reyes McNamara’s exhibition to the main gallery at Lismore Castle to take in Light and Language.
Free admission - please join the Lismore Castle Arts team at St Carthage Hall at 7pm.
No booking necessary.
LISA LE FEUVRE TALK ON NANCY HOLT AT THE CRAWFORD COLLEGE OF ART, CORK
FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, 2.30pm
Join Lisa Le Feuvre, inaugural director of Holt/Smithson Foundation, for a talk to hear about the ground breaking and pioneering work of Nancy Holt, and how her work continues to be a touchstone for many contemporary artists today.
Venue: Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Free event. Booking essential.
Image: Nancy Holt, Sunlight in Sun Tunnels (1976). Composite of thirty photographs of sunlight and shadow in one tunnel photographed every half hour from 6.30 AM to 9.00 PM in 14 July 1976. Composite inkjet print taken from original 35mm colour transparencies; printed on archival rag paper 2012. 127.3 x 156.2 cm, 50 1/8 x 61 ½ inches. Edition of 5. © Holt/Smithson Foundation, Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
END OF SEASON PARTY
CLOSING EVENT, SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2020, 3 - 6PM
With music, food, and drinks, join us to celebrate the last open day of the gardens and the Light and Language exhibition.
Normal admission applies - complimentary drinks!
No booking necessary.