The Getty presents “Suzanne Lacy: Between Feminism and Social Practice,” a free in-person event on Tuesday, April 12, from 6-7 p.m. at the Getty Center, and online via Zoom.
Feminist and activist artist Suzanne Lacy will present a brief historical review of her four decades of work, share a glimpse of current projects and explore how performance art operates with respect to art and general audiences. Lacy’s installations, videos and performance art focus on topics that include sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, labor and aging.
Lacy explores connections between feminism and performance art, first introduced via mentors Judy Chicago and Allan Kaprow. Focusing on ethics, communication and new art forms, she argues that contemporary social practice art draws heavily on feminist practices, including consciousness-raising, expanding audiences, inclusion strategies and naming the political in the personal.
Her large-scale projects are on display in England, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Ireland and the United States. Her books include “Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art” and “Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics.” She is a professor at the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California and a resident artist at 18th Street Art Center.
The event will be moderated by Glenn Phillips, senior curator, head of exhibitions and head of modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute. The program is part of the GRI’s Art History in the Making series, which brings artists, critics, curators and scholars together.
The Getty is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive. A recording of this program will be available on the GRI YouTube channel following the event. For information, visit getty.edu.
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