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Film: Short Films by Nancy Holt

About the Films

Sun Tunnels documents the making of Holt’s major site-specific sculptural work of the same name in the northwest Utah desert, which Holt/Smithson enabled Dia Art Foundation to acquire in 2018. This film includes footage of the changing sun and light as framed by the tunnels on the solstices. Holt worked with engineers, astronomers, and road builders to make Sun Tunnels, documenting every detail of the processes of labor involved in the making of this landmark earthwork.

The Making of Dark Star Park features interviews with the artist, the architects, engineers, contractors, and the public, among others, revealing this artwork as both a public sculpture and a functioning park that reclaims a blighted urban environment. An artwork and a city park, Dark Star Park features giant concrete spheres and pipes, and allows the visitor to reconsider the experience of space, earth, and sky within an urban context. Once a year, on August 1 at 9:32 am, the shadows of the objects exactly align with outlines on the ground.

This program is presented in partnership with the Holt/Smithson Foundation and Arlington Public Art.

Categories: Film, Other Events

Event Venue

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Ave. and Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

For more information:

  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:30pm
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