Lunchtime lecture: Winter Sun: Nancy Holt's land art

Course Dates: 08/02/23
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
Join us for an introduction to the work of Nancy Holt, one of the foundational figures of the land art movement.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £7.00

Course Code: VB774

Wed, day, 08 Feb - 08 Feb '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

In the middle of the Utah desert sits four concrete tubes, carved with the pattern of constellations, oriented to the setting sun. Stand in the centre, at the right time of year, and you experience light that has warmed our earth for millions of years, shaped by the art you stand within, at a specific time and place.

The work described above, Nancy Holt’s ‘Sun Tunnels’ (1974), touches upon the tradition of ancient earthworks while also being a love letter to her recently deceased husband – it is eternal light and love and it is her best known work. This lunchtime lecture explores the intricacies of this important and influential artwork while also providing broad introduction to the land art of Nancy Holt.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

-Sun Tunnels, Holt's most reconised art work
-An introduction to Holt's art and process
-A discussion of land art and environmentalism in art.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Discuss land art and its purposes
-Explain/identify at least two key aspects of Holt's artistic intention
-Understand the purpose of land art as an artistic medium.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information as well as basic functions of Zoom, specifically microphone and camera.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by lecture with slide images, you be engaged in a brief discussion and invited to ask questions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring a notebook to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Take a course from our lunchtime lecture series! Search 'lunchtime lecture' on our website. . .some suggestions:
Käthe Kollwitz: Master Printmaker
Rethinking Mary Cassatt.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.