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Oral history interview with Nancy Holt, 1992 July 6

Holt, Nancy, 1938-

Installation artist, Filmmaker, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 Sound cassette; 24 Pages, Transcript

Summary: An interview of Nancy Holt conducted 1992 July 6, by Scott Gutterman, for the Archives of American Art. Interview of Nancy Holt conducted by Scott Gutterman for the Archives of American Art, at Nancy Holt's home or studio on July 6, 1992. Holt speaks of growing up and living in Massachusetts and New Jersey; attending school at Tufts and Jackson; spending time in New York; her early artist training and exposure to museums; the New jersey landscape; Dark Star Park; Sky Land; her first trip out West; Robert Smithson; her family life and relationship with her parents; studying biology; lectures at MIT; moving to New York; Richard Serra; perceptual art; becoming friends with Robert Smithson; peyote; quiet inner-transformation; locator pieces; creating artwork; Hampton Air; Rock Rings; focus on place; feminism; land art; Buried Poems; documenting work; working for Harper's Bazaar; Westbeth; living in New York; video art; Points of View; working in a gallery format; writing; Sky Mound; working with landfills and alternate energy; creating public art; working with space; plumbing systems; learning by doing; working with artisans; Sun Tunnels; resonance; catalogs; Holt also talks a bit about Alan Ginsberg, Fred Mcdarrah, Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero, Joan Joas, Peter Campas, David Hammond, and Rupert Sheldrake.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nancy Holt (1938- ) was a sculptor and filmmaker from N.M.


These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for this interview was provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Nancy Holt, 1992 July 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.