2015 | Performance Lecture | Duration variable
Diana Baker Smith and Kelly Doley
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.
For The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture, the artists re-visit this historic moment through re-enactment and a discursive program of events held at Artspace. The artists 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 the contemporary context.