Guest Lectures

Suzanne Lacy: What kind of city?

  • 13.30 - 15.00
  • 17 Nov 2021
  • Online
Suzanne Lacy: What kind of city?
Leeds School of Arts presents Suzanne Lacy who will talk about her socially engaged art practice and public work, spanning four decades.

Suzanne Lacy will give an overview of her social-practice work with older women, in both her current and historic projects. She will discuss Whisper, the Waves, the Wind (1983-1984) which is featured in the exhibition Radical Reel: 40 Years of Moving Image at Leeds Art Gallery.

This work has a special resonance as Leeds Art Gallery was the first public institution in the UK to acquire her work. Whisper, the Waves, the Wind (1983-1984) is the earliest video in the gallery’s collection.

Lacy will also cover her work in the exhibition Uncertain Futures at the Manchester Art Gallery, which addresses labour and ageing. She will also talk about her new projects that will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

This talk has been programmed in collaboration with Helen Little, Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery.

Suzanne Lacy is a pioneer in socially engaged, public performance art. Her installations, videos, and performances deal with sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, labour, and aging.

Lacy’s large-scale projects span the globe, including England, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Ireland, and the US. In 2019, she had a career retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Yerba Buena Art Center, and in 2020 at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain. 

She has exhibited at Tate Modern, The Museum of Contemporary Art LA, the Whitney Museum, the New Museum, the Bilbao Museum, and Reina Sofia Museum. Currently she is working on projects in Moscow and Oslo and will premiere a new installation at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, England in 2021.


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