First European retrospective of the work of Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy, a pioneer of socially engaged art and public practice.
Throughout her prolific career, Suzanne Lacy has been a forerunner of socially engaged art and public practice, promoting dialogue and collaborations with wide-ranging communities across the globe.
Since the 1970s, her community organising strategies and media interventions have galvanised discussions about pressing social issues including gender equity, violence against women, racism, immigration, and labour rights. These projects often culminate in large-scale, highly choreographed performances that bring together diverse groups of participants in public conversations.
The Whitworth’s exhibition explores nearly five decades of the artist’s work including early projects which explore issues of gender, identity and the body, her ground-breaking participatory performances convening groups of women in acts of protest and solidarity, such as Three Weeks in May (1977) and In Mourning and in Rage (1977 with Leslie Labowitz).
Lacy’s recent work will also be on display. Across and In-Between (2018-2019) was co-commissioned for 14-18 Now, and brought together communities in Ireland from both sides of the border, almost 100 years since the partition of the country.
The exhibition is also on display at the Manchester Art Gallery, focussing on Lacy's work relating to ageing.