Born 1938, Worcester, Massachusetts

Died 2014, New York



Selected Solo Exhibitions


Locators, Parafin, London


Selected Photo and Film Works, Contemporary Art Gallery,


Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester


Sightlines, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City

Photoworks, Haunch of Venison, London

Sightlines, Santa Fe Arts Institute, Santa Fe

Sightlines, Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston


Sightlines, Graham Foundation, Chicago

Sightlines, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe


Sightlines, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, New York


Electronic Arts Intermix, New York


Musée d’Art Contemporaines, Marseilles


John Weber Gallery, New York


Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, Maryland


Lakeside Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, Texas


John Weber Gallery, New York


Flow Ace Gallery, Los Angeles


John Weber Gallery, New York


Trinity College, Dublin


John Weber Gallery, New York

David Bellman Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, Michigan


Cinemateque, San Francisco

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley

Jewett Art Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Queens Museum, Flushing Meadow, New York

Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


John Weber Gallery, New York

Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio

Museum of Modern Art, New York

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley


Boston Film/Video Foundation

Media Centre, Buffalo, New York

The Video Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

And/Or, Seattle, Washington


Franklin Furnace, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Western Front, Vancouver, British Columbia

Kitchen Center for Video and Music, New York

Optica, Montreal


Bykert Gallery, New York

Walter Kelly Gallery, Chicago

Clocktower Gallery, New York


LoGuidice Gallery, New York


l0 Bleecker Street, New York

Art Gallery, University of Montana, Missoula

Fine Art Center, University of Rhode Island, Kingston



Selected Group Exhibitions


Light Show, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

Selections from the Kramarsky Collection, David Zwirner, New York


Fixing A Hole, Koenig & Clinton, New York


New Jersey as Nonsite, Princeton Art Museum

The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Everything Loose will Land, MAK Centre, Los Angeles

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson: England and Wales 1969, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Dark Paradise, Nara Roseler Gallery, Sao Paolo

Dark Paradise, Clocktower Gallery, New York

Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London


Cellblock, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974, Haus der Kunst, Munich

Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Journées Internationales du Film sur l’Art, Musee du Louvre, Paris

Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Notations: Contemporary Drawing as Idea and Process, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis; Missouri University, St. Louis

Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn


Land Art, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Die Letzte Freiheit / The Last Freedom: Von den Pionieren der Land-Art der 1960er Jahre bis zur Natur im Cyberspace / From the Pioneers of Land Art in the 1960s to Nature in Cyberspace, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz

Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive,

Dia: Beacon, New York

Breaking Ground: Broken Circle/Spiral Hill, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Lost & Found, Theatrum Anatomicum van de Waag, Amsterdam


The Mirage of History, Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan

Another Green World, Carriage Trade, New York

California Highs, California Lows, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Artpark, The First Ten Years, 1974-1984, University of Buffalo Art Gallery

Mirror Images: Great Salt Lake, Tanner Atrium, Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah

Horizonte Expandido, NAU Produtora, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Landscapes as an Idea: Projects and Projections, Koldo Mitzelena Cultural Center Gallery, San Sebastián, Spain


Earth Art: Contemporary Land Projects, Galleria di Carlo Repetto, Milan

Life Forms, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm

Minimalisms and Correspondences: Works on Paper from the Sally and Wynn Kramarsky Collection, New York, Museum de Arte Contemporaneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain

Now is the Time, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane Art Gallery


Land Arte, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid

Elucidée, Out of the World Gallery, Territet-Montreux, Switzerland

Decoys, Complexes, and Triggers: Feminism and Land Art in the 1970’s, Sculpture Center, New York

Land / Art / Film, Haunch of Venison, London

Panorama: A Stake in the Mud. A Hole in the Reel: Land Arts Expanded Field, 1968-2008, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City


Cosmologies, James Cohan Gallery, New York


Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, Switzerland


Contemporary Arts in the Public Realm, Magnifico Artspace, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia


Personal and Political: The Woman’s Art Movement 1969-1975, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York

Juxtapositions: The Artist and the Environment, Finch Lane Gallery in Art Barn, Reservoir Park, Salt Lake City


Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London


Formations of Erasure: Earthworks and Entropy, The Center For Land Use Interpretation, Culver City, California

Real to Reel: Land and Environmental Art on Screen, OTA Fine Arts, Tokyo

The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Afterimage: Drawing through Process, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston


Sites/Sights of Passage: Art of the New Jersey Turnpike, James Howe Fine Arts Gallery, Kean University, Union, New Jersey

Primarily Structural, P. S. 1, New York


Art About the Environment IV, Center for Art and Earth, New York

Land Marks, John Weber Gallery, New York


Present and Futures: Architecture in Cities, Centro de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona

Trilogy: Art-Nature-Science, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark


Mapping, Museum of Modern Art, New York

A Natural Dialogue, International Sculpture Center,
Washington DC

Paper Work, John Weber Gallery, New York

423 mph, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

Film & Video Program, Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Lure of the Local, CU Art Galleries, University of Colorado at Boulder


Land Art, Scratch Projection, L’Entrepôt, Paris

The First Art Triennale at the Bottom of the Gulf Botnia, Aineen Taidemuseo, Tornio, Finland

Differentes Natures, Art Defense (EPAD) Paris

Thirty Years of Artist Cinema (from the Film-Makers Cooperative), Museum of Modern Art, New York

Creative Solutions to Ecological Issues, Dallas Museum of Natural History; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis


Video: Two Decades, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Volume: Six Contemporary Sculptors, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

Art that Interprets Earth and Its Systems: Deep Ecology in the Arts, International Sculpture Conference, University of the Arts Gallery, Philadelphia

Strata, Tampere Art Museum, Finland

This Sporting Life, 1878-1981, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield,   Massachusetts; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Fragile Ecologies: Artists Interpretations and Solutions, Queens Museum, Flushing, New York; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California; Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin; De Córdova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida


Consumer Tools: Personal Visions, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Amerikanische Videos aus Den Jahren, 1965-75: The Castelli/Sonnabend Tapes and Films, Ausstellungsraum Kunstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany & Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland

Aging: The Process, the Perception, Forum Gallery, Jamestown, New York

The Political Landscape, Hillwood Art Museum, CW. Post Campus, Brookville, New York


International Contemporary Art: Selected Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts, Art Gallery of Ontario

Peace Garden Design Exhibition, National Building Museum, Washington DC


Standing Ground; Sculpture by American Women, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio


Ten Years of Video: The Greatest Hits of the 70’s, The Museum School, Boston

Film < Artists > Film, School of Visual Arts Amphitheater,

New York

Artists Film at White Columns, White Columns Gallery,

New York

The Tar Show, Attitude Art, New York

The Law and Order Show, Leo Castelli, Barbara Gladstone and John Weber Gallery, New York

Television’s Impact on Contemporary Art, Queens Museum, New York

Imagining Antarctica, Museum der Stadt Linz, Linz, Austria

Sky Art, Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage

Alaskan Impressions, Visual Arts Center of Alaska, Anchorage

Art in the Environment, Boca Museum, Boca Raton, Florida

Contemporary Primitivism, Art Gallery, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

En Camino -- Mexico -- Cuba, Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico and Havana, Cuba

Over the Blockade (Por Encima del Bloqueo), Casa de La Obrapia, Habana Vieja, Cuba

Sculpture for Public Spaces: Maquettes, Models and Proposals, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York


The Comet Show, curated by Aymon de Sales, Light Gallery, New York

Temple Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia

Second Talent: Painters and Sculptors Who Are Also Photographers, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Zeit und Sonne, Hornmoldhaus, Bietigheim-Bissingen

Art Inspired by Ohio Prehistoric Earthworks, Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Films on Outdoor Sculpture, School of Visual Art, Amphitheater, New York

In 3 Dimensions: Recent Sculpture by Women, Pratt Institute Gallery, New York

The Subway Show, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York

American Art/American Women, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut

The Maximal Implications of the Minimal Line, Edith C. Blum, Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Artist as Social Designer, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Art and the Environment, Lever House Gallery, New York


WNET/Thirteen TV Lab: A Survey, Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Light Aesthetic, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina

Preparations and Propositions, Islip Museum of Art, Islip, Long Island, New York

Time: The Fourth Dimension in Art, Palais du Beaux Arts, Brussels, Musee d’Art et d’Historie, Geneva

Content: A Contemporary Focus, 1974-1984, Hirschhorn Museum, Washington DC

Landmarks, Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Viewpoint: The Artist as Photographer, Summit Art Center, Summit, New Jersey

Private Art as Public Monument: World’s Fairs, Waterfronts, Sited Towards the Future: Proposals for Public Sculpture, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia

New American Video Art: A Historical Survey, 1968-1980, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Natural Elements Sculpture Park Proposals, Santa Monica Arts Commission, Santa Monica, California

Drawings by Sculptors: Two Decades of Non-Objective Art from the Seagram Collection, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

American Women Artists, Part II, Sidney Janis Gallery,

New York

Site Art, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

A Television Show, Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on–Hudson, New York

Beyond the Monument, Hayden Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The House That Art Built, University of California at Fullerton, California

Monuments and Landscapes: The New Public Art, McIntosh/Drysdale Gallery, Houston, Texas

Illumination, Museum of Modern Art, Art Lending Service Exhibition at General Electric Co., New York

Independent Artists, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin

Artists as Filmmakers, A. I. R, Gallery, New York

Art of the 60’s, P. S. 1, New York


Currents: A New Mannerism, Jacksonville Art Museum

Works by Women, Film and Video Festival, Barnard College, New York

Photographs By/Photographs In, Daniel Wolf Gallery,

New York

The Monument Redefined: Gowanus Annual II, Gowanus Memorial Artyard, Brooklyn, New York

Post Minimalism, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Summer Group Show, John Weber Gallery, New York

Citysite Sculpture: Starting Line, Market Gallery, Toronto

Une Expérience Museographique: Exchange Entre Artistes 1931-1982 Pologne-U.S.A., Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Women Sculptors’ Drawings, Max Hutchinson Gallery,

New York


Thomas A. Edison Black Maria Film Festival, Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, New Jersey; Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, New Jersey Laguna & Gloria Museum of Art, Austin,Texas

Natur-Skulptur/Nature-Sculpture, Wurttenbergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

New Dimensions in Drawing 1950-1980, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Group Show, John Weber Gallery, New York

Summer Light, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Artists Make Architecture, Rosa Esman Gallery, New York

Schemes: A Decade of Installation Drawings, Elise Mayer Gallery, New York

Monumental Art Show, Gowanus Art Yard, Brooklyn, New York

Alternatives in Retrospect: An Historical Overview 1969-1975, The New Museum, New York

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York; Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis

New Directions, Janis Gallery, New York

Artists’ Gardens and Parks, Hayden Gallery, MIT,Cambridge, Massachusetts


Artists from the John Weber Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa

Artists in the American Desert, Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada

cARTography, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Architectural Sculpture, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Speaking Volumes: Women Artists’ Books, A.I R. Gallery,  New York

A Sense of Place: The American Landscape in Recent Art, Hampshire College Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts

11th International Sculpture Conference, Washington DC

The Moving Image: Film and Video Festival, Women’s Interart Center, New York

Art into Landscape, Harold Reed Gallery, New York

Aspects of the Seventies: Sitework, Wellesley College,Wellesley, Massachusetts


Sculpture, Objects, Issues, Ohio State University, Columbus

Sculptors’ Photographs, Hunter Gallery, New York

Sound Art, PS. 1, New York

Bellevue Film Festival, Bellevue, Washington, in conjunction with Pacific Northwest Arts Fair

Shorts and Documentaries, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Summer Group Show, John Weber Gallery, New York

Video Roma 1979, Museo Folklore Romano, Rome

Radio Art, A Space, Toronto

Born in Boston, Decordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusett

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Art and Architecture: Space and Structure, Protetch-McIntosh Gallery, Washington DC


Video-Film 1976-78, Castelli Gallery, New York

Made for TV?, Kitchen Center for Video and Music, New York and Long Beach Museum of Art, California

Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

Out of the House, Whitney Museum Downtown, New York

Films by Artists, Los Angeles Filmmakers Showcase,

Los Angeles


Drawings for Outdoor Sculpture: l946-1977, John Weber Gallery, New York

Works and Projects of the 70’s, PS 1, New York

Probing the Earth: Contemporary Land Projects, Hirschhorn Museum, Washington

Outside the City Limits, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, New York

Video, Geneva Museum, Geneva

Video Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

EXPO: Los Angeles International Film Festival, Los Angeles

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York


Video, Temple University, Philadelphia

Art in Landscape, traveling exhibitions organized by Independent Curators, Inc., Washington DC

Films by Holt and Smithson, Hirschhorn Museum,

Washington D.C

Private Notations: Artists’ Sketchbooks II, Philadelphia College of Art


Autogeography, Whitney Museum Downtown, New York

Oxbow Film and Video Festival, Saugatuck, Michigan

Video, The New Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Sao Paulo Bienal, Sao Paolo

Art Transition, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Artpark, Lewiston, New York

Not Photography - Photography, Fine Arts Building, New York

Sense of Reference, Art Gallery, University of California,

San Diego, California

A Response to the Environment, University Art Gallery, Rutgers University, New Jersey

Documentaries, Global Village, New York

Video Art USA, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Video Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Video ‘75, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC


Video, Kitchen Center for Video and Music, New York

Artpark, Lewiston, New York

Confrontation Art/Video 74, Museum of Modern Art, Paris

Prospect 74, Kunstmesse, Cologne

Painting and Sculpture Today 1974, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

Collectors’ Video, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Art Now, Kennedy Center, Washington DC

Film, Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Video, Castelli Gallery, New York

Intervention in the Landscape, Hayden Gallery, MIT, Boston

Video Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


Conceptual Art, Women’s Interart Center, New York

C. 7,500, California Institute for the Arts

Art in Evolution, Xerox Square Exhibit Center, New York

Circuit, Everson Art Museum, Syracuse, New York

Women Film Makers, New York Cultural Center, New York


6 Artists, John Weber Gallery, New York

International Art Exhibition, Pamplona, Spain

Work Space, Ground Floor, 10 Bleecker Street, New York

5 Artists, John Weber Gallery, New York


Language III, Dwan Gallery, New York



Selected Outdoor Sculpture


Avignon Locators, Sainte-Marthe Campus, University of Avignon, Avignon


Up and Under, Pinsio Sand Quarry, Nokia, Finland


Solar Rotary, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida


Spinwinder, University of Southeastern Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts


End of the Line/West Rock, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut


Rain Drains, Islip Museum of Art, East Islip, Long Island, New York


Astral Grating, IRT subway station, Fulton Street, New York

(no longer in situ)


Waterwork, Gallaudet College, Kendall Green, Washington DC


Sole Source, Marlay Park, Dublin


Catch Basin, St. James Park, King & Jarvis Streets, Toronto


Time Span, Laguna Gloria Museum of Art, Austin, Texas


Annual Ring, GSA Commission, Federal Building, Saginaw, Michigan


Inside Out, Presidential Park, l7th and E Streets NW, Washington DC


Dark Star Park, Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia


Star-Crossed, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio


Wild Spot, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts


30 Below, (Commission for the 1980 Winter Olympics),

Lake Placid, New York


Rock Rings, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington


Sun Tunnels, Great Basin Desert, Utah


Hydra’s Head, Niagara River, Lewiston, New York


Missoula Ranch Locators, Missoula, Montana



Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin Texas

Austin Museum of Art, Austin Texas

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City

Rowan University Art Gallery

Museum fur Gegenswartskunst, Siegen, Germany



Film and Video


Breaking Ground: Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971-2011)


Mono Lake, (with Robert Smithson)


Art in The Public Eye: The Making of Dark Star Park


Sun Tunnels




Pine Barrens


Points of View



Xeroing In

Going Around in Circles


Locating #1 and #2


Swamp, (with Robert Smithson)


East Coast - West Coast (with Robert Smithson)




For a selected bibliography 1972-2009 see Alena J. Williams ed., Nancy Holt: Sightlines, University of California Press, 2010, pp.294-289

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