Thursday, September 12, 2013
Artist Suzanne Lacy will present new works, as well as selections from 40 years of activism, education and what she has termed “new genre public art.” Lacy is an internationally known artist whose work includes installations, video and large-scale performances on social themes and urban issues. One of her best-known works to date is The Crystal Quilt (Minneapolis, 1987) a performance with 430 older women, broadcast live on public television. During the ‘90s she worked with teams of artists and youth to create an ambitious series of performances, workshops and installations on youth and public policy, documented by videos, local and national news broadcasts, and an NBC program. Her work has been shown at the Getty, Tate Modern, and many art institutions around the world. She has received awards from numerous foundations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Time, the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Surdna and Nathan Cummings Foundations. She also received the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement from the College Art Association in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art in 2012. Also known for her writing, Lacy edited the influential “Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art,” published in 1995, it prefigures much current writing on politically relevant performance art. Most recently, she published ‘Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007. Lacy is the Chair of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. From 1987-97 she was Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the California College of Arts. Active in Oakland cultural politics, Lacy was a member of Mayor Jerry Brown’s education cabinet and an Arts Commissioner for the City of Oakland.
Co-sponsored by the Visiting Artists Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.
IMAGE: Suzanne Lacy & collaborators, “Crystal Quilt,” 1987.