Suzanne Lacy: The Medium is Not the Only Message
Suzanne Lacy: The Medium is Not the Only Message
This thematic survey is a major presentation of the work of pioneering public performance and social practice artist Suzanne Lacy, with works touching on issues such as violence against women, racism, labor rights, poverty, and aging.
Queens Museum
March 13, 2022 to August 14, 2022
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Artist details

Suzanne Lacy (b. 1945, Wasco, CA ) is a pioneer in public performance and socially engaged art. She began as a performance and conceptual artist but her practice evolved to projects that intersect private, public, and political themes. In the 1970s she was one of the first artists to bring rape, and the media’s treatment of sexual violence, into mainstream art. Lacy’s large-scale projects span the globe, including England, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Ireland and the U.S.

Exhibition details

The Medium is Not the Only Message takes a critical look at two fundamentals of Lacy’s practice: personal narrative and conversation. Throughout her career, Lacy has explored individual agency and the production of selfhood in relation to collective networks as an approach to subverting oppressive cultural narratives and their attendant conditions. The resulting body of work, rooted in intersectional feminism, reveals a careful innovation of relationality and shared awareness. While constituted by these “soft technologies,” the works also intervene in the “high-tech” systems that amplify cultural norms, such as broadcast television.


Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Long Island City, NY 11368

Image: Performance view, Suzanne Lacy and Julia London with Jan Chattler, Joya Cory, Natalia Rivas, Ngoh Spencer, and Carol Szego, Freeze Frame: Room for Living Room(1982), Roche Bobois furniture showroom, San Francisco. part of the International Theater Festival conference and the International Sculpture Conference. Courtesy of Suzanne Lacy Studio, image credit: f-stop Fitzgerald.