Internationally acclaimed artist Suzanne Lacy visits IMMA to develop a major project called The School for Revolutionary Girls in the final week of the project A Fair Land, taking place in the museum's iconic courtyard. Presented in collaboration with CREATE Ireland, Lacy speaks about her practice with Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create-Ireland. This talk is introduced by Sarah Glennie, Director, IMMA.
Presented in partnership with CREATE, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts.
A Fair Land : Echoing the role artists played in creating in articulating a new vision for Ireland pre-1916, IMMA and Grizedale Arts have collaborated to create an extraordinary new project in 2016 that examines the ‘usefulness’ of art. Re-thinking the Royal Hospital’s cobblestoned quadrant as a village, artist and creative practitioners have been invited to take over the iconic IMMA courtyard, creating a visual and working village installation - A Fair Land – which offer its visitors opportunities to eat, make, think, or trade. Presenting an active and tangible representation of the place of creativity in society A Fair Land will create a space for families, friends and strangers to gather, get involved, and experience alternative perspectives on living.
Suzanne Lacy is a visual artist whose prolific career includes performances, video and photographic installation, critical writing and public practices in communities. She is best known as one of the Los Angeles performance artists who became active in the Seventies and shaped and emergent art of social engagement. Her work ranges from intimate, graphic body explorations to large-scale public performances involving literally hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members. Her work has been reviewed in The Village Voice, Artforum, L.A. Times, the New York Times, Art in America, and in numerous books and periodicals. She lectures widely, has published over 70 texts of critical commentary, and has exhibited in The Tanks at Tate Modern, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, the New Museum and P.S. 1 in New York, and The Bilbao Museum in Spain. Her scores of fellowships include the Guggenheim Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Her book, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1995), now in its third printing and available in both English and Chinese languages, was responsible for coining the term and articulating the practice. Leaving Art: Performances, Politics and Publics, the collected essays of Suzanne Lacy, was published in 2010 by Duke University Press; a monograph Suzanne Lacy: Space Between, by Sharon Irish, was published in 2010 by University of Minnesota Press. Lacy is founding chair of the MFA in Public Practice at the Otis College of Art and Design. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Gray's School of Art at Robert Gordon University in Scotland.
This talk took place on 19 August 2016 at IMMA