The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture

WHEN : 21st February, 5:00 - 6:30pm
WHERE : Boxcopy ARI

Diana Smith and Kelly Doley with contributions from Jude Adams, Janine Burke, Bonita Ely, Julie Ewington, Deborah Kelly, Anne Marsh, Joanna Mendelssohn, Catriona Moore, Ann Newmarch, Jill Orr and Ann Stephen (ongoing)

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.

Join Sunday School as they re-visit this historic moment through a performance lecture that incorporates oral histories and reenactment. The lecture will examine 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.

‘The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture’ is part of an ongoing project by artist/researchers Diana Smith and Kelly Doley that investigates pedagogical tools for reconsidering feminist art histories and futures.

Image: Sue Ford Lucy R. Lippard visit to Ewing gallery, Melbourne, 1975. Image courtesy the Sue Ford Archive.