Art and Community: an overview of work from 1990-1995

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 4, p. 7, March/April 1996:

Battered cars perch on a grassy knoll in front of a Staten Island museum. Women in prison work with electric drills and circular saws on abandoned car frames. Children in a Cleveland domestic violence shelter draw on the car doors. These are a few images from the recent projects of California artist Suzanne Lacy, and will be part of a lecture on her work at the Western Front.

Suzanne Lacy is a performance/conceptual artist who is a pioneer in the development of site-specific, socially engaged performance art. She will speak at the Western Front on her recent work, and how it fits into current developments in the field of public art. In her book, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, she argues that the real roots of the current interest in social and public art have come from a variety of sources, prominent among them the avant garde political art movements of the West Coast during the 1970s.

With this lecture Lacy begins an affiliation with The Western Front that is part of a larger public art project in Vancouver. The Turning Point is a collaborative work with artists, producers, and other professionals who are exploring, with a group of teenage young women, issues critical to their particular stage of life.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Western Front and New Performance Works Society.