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Lucy R. Lippard To Speak At The Light Factory on Thursday, April 4

On Thursday, April 4, The Light Factory will host Lucy R. Lippard as part of its annual Martha Strawn Photographic Lecture Series. Lippard's lecture, entitled Ghosts, The Daily News, and Prophecy: Critical Landscape Photography, will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Lippard, one of contemporary art's most significant cultural critics, is celebrated for her influential work as an author, curator, and activist. Throughout her career she has enlivened the study of art by infusing it with broader issues of politics, personal engagement, inclusion, and by challenging the status quo.

The author of 24 books since 1966, Lippard's titles include From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women's Art (1976), Get the Message? A Decade of Art for Social Change (1984), Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America (1990), and Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West (2014), among others.

Her groundbreaking curatorial debut at New York's Fischback Gallery in 1966 was entitled Eccentric Abstraction and introduced many viewers to work by Eva Hesse and Bruce Nauman, and the conceptual art movement. She co-founded various publications and artists' groups such as Printed Matter (1976), the Heresies Collective (1977) and the Art Workers Coalition (1969), which brought many favorable changes to artists' lives. Her numerous awards include a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art (from the College Art Association in 2015), nine Honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts, two NEA grants, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She now lives off the grid in rural Galisteo, New Mexico, where for 22 years she has edited the monthly local community newsletter El Puente de Galisteo.

The Martha Strawn Photographic Lecture Series is funded by an endowment with The Foundation for the Carolinas to benefit The Light Factory's programming for its membership and the public. The lectures funded by this endowment will be awarded yearly to prominent speakers in the field of photographic expression, media, history, and/or theory.

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