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Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy
Department Chair
Education: 

MFA, Cal Arts; BA, UC Santa Barbara

Bio/Affiliation: 

Internationally exhibited artist known for contributions in feminist, performance, public art. As artist, educator, social activist, and writer, her work over the course of the last 30 years has focused on taking art out of the gallery and into the world to engage new audiences and galvanize a public discussion about race, poverty, and social justice.

 

Suzanne Lacy’s work includes installations, video, and large-scale performances that frequently focus on social themes. Recently she has  

created The Tattooed Skeleton, a multipart performance at the Museo Nacional Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, Prostitution Notes, a performance/reading at the Serpentine Marathon, Anyang Women’s Agenda, a public performance in Anyang, Korea, The Skin of Memory Revisited at the Medellin Biennale, Three Weeks in January for the Getty Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, Storying Rape for the Liverpool Biennial, installed an exhibition, The Crystal Quilt, a recent acquisition of the collection of Tate Modern, and created a new performance Silver Action, also for Tate Modern. She is currently working on a long term project in Bristol, The University of Local Knowledge with the Arnolfini Gallery and the Knowle West Media Centre.

 

 

Also known for her writing, Lacy edited the influential Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, published in 1995 by Bay Press and has recently released Leaving Art:Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007 by Duke University Press.Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between is a monograph by Sharon Irish, published by University Minnesota Press.

AWARDS/HONORS: 

National Endowment for the Arts Grant Guggenheim Fellowship Lila Wallace Arts International Fellowship Public Art Dialogue Annual Award Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, College Art Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Women's Caucus for Art

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS/EXHIBITIONS:  

In 2013, Lacy recreated her 1987 Crystal Quilt project for the Tanks: Art in Action at Tate Modern, London, and staged a performance of Silver Action, celebrating the voices of older women.

Co-founder Visual Public Arts Institute at CSU Monterey

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