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Noted feminist writer & activist to present Libraries' Bishop Lecture, Tuesday April 24th

Feminist cultural commentator Lucy R. Lippard, best known for her writing and activism in the field of art by women, will deliver the Rutgers University Libraries annual Louis Faugères Bishop III Lecture on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at 5 p.m.

Titled, "No Regrets," Ms. Lippard's lecture will take place in the Scholarly Communication Center, 4th Floor, of the Archibald S. Alexander Library on Rutgers' College Avenue campus. The program, which is co-sponsored by the Institute for Women & Art at Rutgers, is free and open to the public. It will also be videocast in the library's Pane Room on the first floor.

For someone who has defined success as "never having to write a formal résumé," Lucy Lippard's own résumé is as original and wide-ranging as her career. Over the course of forty years of writing and activism, she has published twenty books on feminism, art, politics, and place. Among her early accomplishments were the 1971 landmark exhibition, "26 Contemporary Women Artists," presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Also in 1971, her influential article "Sexual Politics, Art Style" was published in Art in America.

Lippard's path-breaking book, "From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women's Art" (New York, 1976), made a pivotal contribution to the feminist challenge of the 1970s to traditional art history scholarship. Her dedicated efforts and publications in the art press were equally vital in establishing a critical context for the public discussion of the Feminist Art Movement as it unfolded. The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Essays on Feminist Art, published in 1995, anthologizes key works from Lippard's first 30 years of art writing.

Prominent for her early championing of what became known as feminist art, Lippard was keynote speaker at the Museum of Modern Art's January 2007 two-day symposium on art and gender, "The Feminist Future: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts." The two-day meeting, which sold out within days of its announcement, was the first feminist art program ever hosted by MoMA. Lippard has received the Frank Mather Award for Criticism from the College Art Association, and in 2007 she received the Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among Lippard's other influential writings are Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America (1990) and her monograph on the German-born sculptor Eva Hesse. In 1977 she co- founded Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics, with Joan Braderman, Mary Beth Edelson, Harmony Hammond, Elizabeth Hess, Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro and May Stevens. The records of Heresies are held by Rutgers University Libraries. Lippard also helped found such groundbreaking publications as Printed Matter and Upfront. She currently serves on the Honorary Committee of The Feminist Art Project, a national initiative administered by Rutgers.

Lippard has curated more than 50 exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and has authored numerous catalog essays. She has received honorary degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Moore College of Art, the Maine College of Art, and the Massachusetts College of Art, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Since 1992, Lucy Lippard has been donating her comprehensive collection of slides, publications, and ephemera documenting contemporary women artists to the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists, a collaborative collection of Margery Somers Foster Center and Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries. At a time when leading scholars are calling for new histories of the Feminist Art Movement to be written, the Lucy Lippard Collection is a treasure trove of materials on the history of art from the 1970s to the present.

More recently Lippard has turned her attention to cultural geography and open space issues. She is the author of The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (The New Press, 1998), and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place (The New Press, 2000). She is currently working on a study of land use in her home in Galisteo, New Mexico.

To RSVP for the Bishop Lecture, please send an email to events@rci.rutgers.edu or call the Libraries Administration reception desk at 732/932-7505.


Image courtesy of the Lucy Lippard Women's Art Registry Collection, in the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists. Margery Somers Foster Center, Rutgers University Libraries.


Posted March 21, 2007; April 6, 2007

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