Local Artist In Residence
18th Street Campus
Suzanne Lacy is a pioneer of socially engaged public performance art. Her installations, videos, and performances deal with sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, labor, 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. Her work has been reviewed in Frieze Magazine, Artforum, LA Times, New York Times, Art in America, and The Guardian. 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.
Also known for her writing, Lacy edited Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art and is author of Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974–2007. 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 Arts Center.