Anthology Film Archives


November 19 – November 21

Anthology, in collaboration with the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, presents a series devoted to films by and about artists associated with the Land Art/Earthworks movement. Organized in conjunction with the show NANCY HOLT: SIGHTLINES, a thematic exhibition focusing on Holt’s films, videos, and related early works from 1966-80, taking place at the Wallach from September 22-December 11, 2010, SITE RECORDINGS will include a program highlighting Holt’s work, as well as several programs featuring work by a variety of Land Art pioneers and luminaries.
In the late 1960s and early 70s, modernism’s affirmation of fixity, permanence, and autonomy lost its hold on the Western imagination, shaping the manner in which a whole host of artists engaged with the moving image. Jan Dibbets, Nancy Holt, Richard Long, Walter de Maria, Ana Mendieta, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Smithson among others, long known for their interest in the landscape, sought a means of communicating this experience across time and space, while others like Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Anthony McCall offered insightful counter-perspectives on Land Art. Alongside canonical films like Smithson’s SPIRAL JETTY and documentaries capturing the ambitions of figures from this period like Christo and Jeanne-Claude, we will be showing little-seen shorts and contemporary films that address the significance of the movement’s monuments and anti-monuments. Offering a new perspective on Land Art and the figures within it, this three-day event includes a screening of Gerry Schum’s seminal LAND ART program, broadcast on German television in 1969, as well as a special screening devoted to Nancy Holt’s film work on Saturday, November 20 at 7:00.

Curated in collaboration with Alena Williams; special thanks to Nancy Holt, Carine Asscher, Kitty Cleary (MoMA), Rebecca Cleman (EAI), Dennis Doros & Amy Heller (Milestone), Redmond Entwistle, Anthony McCall, Wade Miller & Lindsay Macdonald Danckwerth (Galerie Lelong), Barbi Spieler (Whitney Museum), Marieke van Loenhout (Groninger Museum), and Nicole Wittenberg.
The NANCY HOLT: SIGHTLINES exhibition and programs are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
For more info regarding the Nancy Holt show at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, visit:

We regret to announce that, due to circumstances beyond our control, Nancy Holt will not be able to be here to present the program of her work on Saturday, November 20 at 7:00.  In her place, however, filmmaker Robert Fiore (co-director of SHEDS, screening in the following program) will be here for a Q&A, moderated by Alena Williams.

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