Left: Suzanne Lacy; photo: Brittney Valdez
Right: Lucy Lippard; photo: courtesy the speaker
Artist Talk

Suzanne Lacy in Conversation with Lucy Lippard

Related Exhibition Suzanne Lacy
Part of Artist Talks and The Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series

Floor 1, Phyllis Wattis Theater

This event is at capacity. Rush tickets may be available 30 minutes prior to the lecture on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited overflow seating will be available on Floor 2 in the Koret Education Center.

On opening day of the groundbreaking retrospective exhibition Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here, join the artist in conversation with writer and curator Lucy Lippard. The two will discuss their contributions to feminist art in the 1970s — when they each explored new genres of artistic practice that intertwined conceptual art and activism — and how their work and views have since evolved.

About the Speakers

Based in Los Angeles, Suzanne Lacy has created artworks ranging from intimate body explorations to large-scale public performances, often involving hundreds of performers. Born in 1945 in Wasco, California, Lacy became a key participant in the feminist movement and performance art scene in Southern California in the 1970s. She has exhibited in the Tanks at Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the New Museum, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; and the Biennale of Sydney, among many other venues. She lectures widely and has published more than seventy texts of critical commentary, several of which are featured in her book Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974–2007 (2010). She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a PhD from Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University in Scotland, and currently teaches at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design.

Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, sometime curator, and author of 24 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including Get the Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change (1984), The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (1997)and most recently Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West (2014). She has received numerous awards and has co-founded various artists’ organizations and publications. She lives off the grid in rural Galisteo, New Mexico, where for 22 years she has edited the monthly community newsletter: El Puente de Galisteo.

This program is part of SFMOMA’s Phyllis Wattis Distinguished Lecture Series.

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