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Lucy Raven discusses her practice and new commissions with critic, curator, and activist Lucy R. Lippard and Dia curator Alexis Lowry. This conversation is organized in conjunction with the opening of Lucy Raven’s exhibition at Dia Chelsea.
Lucy R. Lippard was born in 1937 in New York City. She is a writer, activist, curator, and cofounder of various activist artist groups (including Ad Hoc Women Artists Committee, Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America, Heresies, PADD, and Printed Matter). Since 1966, she has published twenty-five books on contemporary art, cultural studies, and local history. She lives in a New Mexico village where she edits the monthly community newsletter, serves on the Water Board and the Fire Department auxiliary, and is active in community planning and land use issues.
Lucy Raven was born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1977. She received a BFA in studio art and a BA in art history from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 2000, and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in solo presentations at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2010); Hammer Museum (2012); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014); VOX centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal (2015); Columbus Museum of Art (2016); and Serpentine Gallery, London (2016–17). With Vic Brooks and Evan Calder Williams, she is a founding member of 13BC, a moving-image research and production collective. Raven teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York.
Alexis Lowry is a curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York, where she recently organized Lucy Raven’s exhibition for Dia Chelsea.
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