Suzanne Lacy : we are here

Lacy, Suzanne, artist

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Summary

  • The book sheds light on the groundbreaking career of Suzanne Lacy, an artist, writer, and educator whose participatory, socially engaged performances helped define social practice art and continue to resonate with many of the most pressing issues in American culture. Over the past five decades the genre-defying art of Suzanne Lacy 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 record of Lacy's career is anchored by an extensively illustrated survey of selected works that groups related projects and illuminates their core themes and approaches. Featuring photographs, stills, ephemera, and other primary documentation, this section incorporates a selection of reprinted texts and newly commissioned first-person accounts by Lacy's collaborators, a group that includes critics and artists such as Judy Chicago, Allan Kaprow, Andrea Bowers, Moira Roth, and Lucy Lippard. 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.
  • "Over more than four decades the genre-defying art of Suzanne Lacy 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."

Notes

  • Published on the occasion of an exhibtion of the same name at the San Francisco Musuem of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, April 20-August 4, 2019.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-260).

Contents

  • Foreword / Neal Benezra and Deborah Cullinan -- Where are we? A curatorial introduction / Rudolf Frieling, Lucía Sanromán, and Dominic Willsdon -- To reenact, to rethink, to redistribute Suzanne Lacy / Lucía Sanromán -- The text is active / Rudolf Frieling -- Geometry in motion / Dominic Willsdon -- Illustrated survey / with texts by Jessica D. Brier, Christa Cesario, Lucia Fabio, Taylor Shoolery, and Tanya Zimbardo. Bodies ; Personas ; Violence against women ; Networks ; Image and dialogue ; Youth ; Work and class
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