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Pioneering Author, Activist, Critic, and Curator Lucy Lippard to Receive Honorary Degree

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310–665–6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

A leading voice in contemporary art and ethical activism, Lucy Lippard will speak to graduating students and receive an honorary doctorate at Otis College of Art and Design’s 2013 commencement ceremonies.
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Lucy R. Lippard
Lucy R. Lippard

Los Angeles, CA, April 30, 2013 — Otis College of Art and Design is honored to announce that Lucy Lippard, seminal thought leader and role model to artists and activists for over five decades will receive an honorary doctorate, and deliver the keynote speech at the graduation of the 2013 class on May 11, 2013. Otis commencement ceremonies will be held on the college’s main campus at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Lucy R. Lippard graduated from Smith College (B.A. 1958) and the New York University Institute of Fine Arts (M.A. Art History 1962). She began her career as an art critic, contributing to publications such as Art International and Artforum. Questioning the exclusivity and commercialization of art, she first gained notoriety by advocating for underserved groups and instigating discussions beyond the canon of established critique. Her early writings addressed the schism between art and the “real world” while chronicling the relevance of Post Minimalism and Conceptual Art as potent tools for ideas and activism. Her first book, The Graphic Work of Philip Evergood, appeared in 1966, and the publication of Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object (1973), an innovative work she edited and annotated, recording the contemporaneous evolution of Conceptual Art, further cemented her reputation as a leading voice in contemporary art.

A game-changing activist, Lippard worked with artists’ groups such as the Artworkers’ Coalition, Ad Hoc Women Artists, Artists Meeting for Cultural Change, The Alliance for Cultural Democracy (co-editor of “How to ‘92” in the Campaign for a Post-Columbian World), and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). She was a co-founder of Printed Matter, the Feminist art collective and journal Heresies, PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) and its journal Upfront, and Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. Instrumental in the Feminist movement, she campaigned for change to the male-dominated paradigm, seeking equal representation for female artists and advocating for all artists to have a voice in the exhibition of their work, directly challenging the policies of New York’s Museum of Modern Art at the time.

Since 1966 Lippard has published 20 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including one novel. She has done public performances, comics, and street theater, and curated some 50 exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. She has edited several independent publications including El Puente de Galisteo in rural Galisteo, New Mexico where she has lived and worked for the past seventeen years. With her distinct voice on Feminism, art, politics, and place, she has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Criticism from the College Art Association, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to honor such an influential leader and important role model for our students,” says Kerry Walk, Provost at Otis College of Art and Design. “Lucy Lippard is a true inspiration to those seeking a life of active civic engagement and leadership in the arts. As our graduates enter the next phase in their creative journey, they will be well-served by studying the visionary life and works of Lucy Lippard.”

In conjunction with Commencement, Otis’ Annual Exhibition on Friday, May 10, 2013 is open to the public, and showcases work by all members of the Class of 2013. Carolyn Moskowitz, a Digital Media major, has been named Valedictorian. Carolyn’s consistently stellar academic performance throughout her studies earned her this distinction. A native Californian from Agoura Hills, Carolyn plans a creative career as a concept artist and illustrator for video games, films, books, trading cards, and multimedia.

Otis Annual Exhibition
Friday, May 10, 2013
9045 Lincoln Blvd, L.A. 90045
Free parking off La Tijera (310) 665–6800

*MFA Public Practice exhibition, A Mess and a Pleasure: Practicing in Public, April 27 – May 12 at ForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. 90036 with receptions April 27, 5–8 pm and May 11, 4–6 pm

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