Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here

Edited by Rudolf Frieling, Lucía Sanromán, and Dominic Willsdon

Foreword by Neal Benezra and Deborah Cullinan; essays by Rudolf Frieling, Lucía Sanromán, and Dominic Willsdon; additional texts by Jessica D. Brier, Christa Cesario, Lucia Fabio, Taylor Shoolery, and Tanya Zimbardo

268 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, hardcover

Published in 2019

Over more than four decades the genre-defying art of Suzanne Lacy (b. 1945) has taken multiple forms, spanning performance, sculpture and video installations, and photography. Organizing public encounters that emphasize intensive community dialogue and collaborative choreography, Lacy has explored many political and social contexts that remain deeply relevant—including race, class, and gender equity; ageism; and violence against women. This engaging and immersive record of Lacy’s career is anchored by an extensively illustrated survey of selected works, loosely arranged chronologically in chapters that group related projects and illuminate their core themes and approaches. Featuring photographs, stills, ephemera, and other primary documentation, this section incorporates a selection of reprinted texts and first-person accounts by Lacy’s collaborators. A series of essays examine Lacy’s use of narrative and dialogue, explore the aesthetic language and use of form in her projects, and consider the questions posed by rethinkings of her work. Extensive, penetrating, and visually compelling, this long-awaited monograph documents the bold career of an artist whose profound attentiveness to social dynamics, politics, and context continues to provoke and inspire today.

Published in association with DelMonico Books/Prestel on the occasion of the exhibition Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (April 20–August 4, 2019)

ISBN 9783791358383 (hardcover)