Lucy R. Lippard

Ripple Effects: March 4, Thursday 6:00 pm, Presentation at Cowles Auditorium, Hubert Humphrey Auditorium. U of M, Minneapolis


Lucy R. Lippard is a writer and activist, author of 20 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, most recently The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place (The New Press, 1997, 1999). Her most recent curatorial venture was Weather Report: Art and Climate Change (Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007). She lectures internationally and has received seven honorary doctorates. She lives in rural Galisteo, New Mexico and for 13 years has edited the monthly community newsletter: El Puente de Galisteo. In June 2010 her book Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin 1250-1782 will be published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.


Lucy R. Lippard is a writer and activist, author of 20 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including one novel. She has done performances, comics, street theatre, and has curated some 50 exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. For thirty years she has worked with artists’ groups such as the Artworkers’ Coalition, Ad Hoc Women Artists, Artists Meeting for Cultural Change, The Alliance for Cultural Democracy (co-editor of “How to ‘92” in the Campaign for a Post-Columbian World), and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). She was a co-founder of: Printed Matter, The Heresies Collective and journal, PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) and its journal Upfront, and Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. She continues to write and lecture frequently at museums and universities. At home, she has served as a member of the Santa Fe County Open Land and Trails Planning and Advisory Committee, is a member of the Galisteo Community Planning Committee, edits her community newsletter, El Puente de Galisteo, and is on the Santa Fe Railyard Park Design Committee with the Trust for Public Land.

Her books (1966 to the present) are: Pop Art, The Graphic Work of Philip Evergood, Dadas on Art (ed), Surrealists on Art (ed), Changing: Essays in Art Criticism, Tony Smith, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object…., From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women’s Art, Eva Hesse, I See/You Mean (novel), Cracking (artist’s book, with Charles Simonds), Ad Reinhardt, Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory, Get the Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change, A Different War: Vietnam in Art, Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, Partial Recall: Photographs of Native North Americans, The Pink Glass Swan: Selected Essays on Feminist Art, and The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, Florence Pierce: In Touch with Light and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place.

She has also co-authored books on The School of Paris (with A. Barr and J. Thrall Soby), Kathe Kollwitz, Mary Kelly, Cecilia Vicuna, and Marilyn Bridges, among others; she wrote the foreword to Marks in Place: Contemporary Responses to Rock Art, and the 1999 edition of Dean MacCannell’s The Tourist, among others. She is frequently anthologized and writes prolifically for magazines and exhibition catalogues. (For partial bibliography, see From the Sniper’s Nest: Art that has lived with Lucy R. Lippard, 1995.) She has written regular columns on art and politics for the Village Voice, In These Times, and Z Magazine, and is a contributing editor of Art in America.

Lippard graduated from Smith College (BA 1958) and the New York University Institute of Fine Arts (MA in art history 1962), has received honorary doctorates in fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago, Moore College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Maine College of Art, the Massachusetts College of Art, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design;as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Criticism from the College Art Association, two National Endowment for the Arts grants in criticism, the Claude Fuess Award for Public Service from Phillips Andover Academy, a curating award from the Penny McCall Foundation, a citation from New York City Mayor David Dinkins, the Frederick Douglass Award from the North Star Foundation, the Smith College Medal, the ArtTable Award for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts, the Athena award (RISD) for excellence in art criticism, the Women’s  Caucus for Art (WCA) Lifetime Achievement Award, and (in April 2010) the Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence. In 2002 she shared with co-authors a Southwest Book Award for Nuevo Mexico Profundo. Lippard has been included in Who’s Who in America for over a decade. She is a Research Associate at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and received a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant for Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782, forthcoming  in June 2010 by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

Lippard has been a visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, Williams College, The University of Queensland, Australia, and University of Colorado, Boulder. She serves or has served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Printed Matter, Franklin Furnace, REPOhistory, Time and Space Limited, SoHo 20, Earth Works Institute, and the Center for American Places, among others.