THE LUCY R. LIPPARD LECTURE, 2015
In 1975 the American art critic and curator Lucy R. Lippard came to Australia to deliver the Power Lecture at Sydney University. She also held a number of informal lectures and discussions about gender inequality in the arts and conducted studio visits with women artists. Lippard's 1975 visit is now legendary. In reaching almost mythical status, it is said to have kick-started the Women's Art Movement and other important feminist activities in Australia.
They re-visit this historic moment through a performance lecture that incorporates oral histories and reenactment. The examines the significance of Lippard's visit through collecting a range of eye witness accounts, memories, and stories from those who were 'there'. Forty years on, this project considers the legacy of feminism in Australia and how it ghosts and overlaps with our contemporary context.
Watch live documentation of the performance here.
Images: Diana Baker Smith and Kelly Doley, The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture, live performance, Artspace, Sydney 2015. Photo: Kate Blackmore. Also performed for Barbara Cleveland’s installation for the 20th Biennale of Sydney ‘Making History’ 2016.