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The Reflective Life

The Reflective Life THE REFLECTIVE LIFE Kristine Marx BOOK REVIEWED: Suzanne Lacy, Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974–2007. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2010. here are many artists today experimenting with collaboration and socially organized art, but very few who have practiced it for as long and seriously as Suzanne Lacy has. Performance artist, writer, community organizer, and political activist, Lacy now has published a comprehensive collection of her well-written essays entitled Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Public, 1974–2007. The book covers a little more than three decades of her work and is usefully framed by art historian Moira Roth’s introduction and cultural theorist Kerstin Mey’s afterword. The book may be approached in several ways: as a document of the artist’s work, as the artist’s perspective on performance and politics, and as a tracing of West Coast performance art and political engagement from the mid-seventies to 2007. This makes it more than a mere grouping of a single artist’s activities; it offers a broader view considering activist art, collaboration, and the conditions that have shaped this category of art-making in the second half of the twentieth century. 100  PAJ 101 (2012), pp. 100–104. T http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2012 Kristine Marx
Subject
Books & Company
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/PAJJ_r_00095
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THE REFLECTIVE LIFE Kristine Marx BOOK REVIEWED: Suzanne Lacy, Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974–2007. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2010. here are many artists today experimenting with collaboration and socially organized art, but very few who have practiced it for as long and seriously as Suzanne Lacy has. Performance artist, writer, community organizer, and political activist, Lacy now has published a comprehensive collection of her well-written essays entitled Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Public, 1974–2007. The book covers a little more than three decades of her work and is usefully framed by art historian Moira Roth’s introduction and cultural theorist Kerstin Mey’s afterword. The book may be approached in several ways: as a document of the artist’s work, as the artist’s perspective on performance and politics, and as a tracing of West Coast performance art and political engagement from the mid-seventies to 2007. This makes it more than a mere grouping of a single artist’s activities; it offers a broader view considering activist art, collaboration, and the conditions that have shaped this category of art-making in the second half of the twentieth century. 100  PAJ 101 (2012), pp. 100–104. T

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2012

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