Presented by YBCA and SFMOMA and on view at YBCA and SFMOMA. The first major retrospective of Los Angeles-based performance artist Suzanne Lacy, the show is conceived as one exhibition at two venues. The SFMOMA presentation features approximately seventy solo and collaborative works from Lacy's earliest feminist performances and photographs to her recent immersive video installations. For its presentation, YBCA departs from the traditional retrospective format and focuses instead on an experimental approach to authorship and participation by exhibiting two of Lacy's groundbreaking works, The Oakland Projects (1991–2001) and La piel de la memoria / Skin of Memory (1999), as an entry point to examine today's youth culture and media activism. Organizations and artists who are placing young people in control of their stories and representations have been invited to respond to the themes Lacy has explored in her work. The list of local participants include, San Francisco-based Youth Speaks, Oakland-based YR Media (formerly Youth Radio), Oakland-based Center for Media Justice, transdisciplinary artist Caleb Duarte, and youth and teaching artists from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School.
This is a long-anticipated, vast career survey of Los Angeles-based legacy artist Suzanne Lacy, whose commitment to community engagement has essentially defined several generations of social practice in contemporary art, beginning with a series of resonant early works in the Bay Area. The show expands across the street at YBCA; see sites for details.