Mobilizing Communities for Change: Suzanne Lacy's Large-Scale Works

William Peterson

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Like many feminist artists connected with the Los Angeles Woman's Building during the 1970s, Suzanne Lacy's early performance work was nurtured and initially received by a supportive, largely feminist community. Starting in 1977, Lacy began a series of large-scale, carefully planned collaborations which reached out to larger audiences. As she began to target non-art audiences, the scale of her pieces increased significantly. In addition, the nature of her collaborations also changed; whereas her earliest col-laborators were drawn almost exclusively from the Los Angeles feminist art community, eventually they came to encompass wider communities of women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-210
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Suzanne Lacy
  • Feminist artists
  • Conceptual art
  • Performance art
  • Art -- Political aspects
  • Art and society


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