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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Suzanne Lacey

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Suzanne Lacy, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery focuses on one work by the American artist, Suzanne Lacy. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss this!

1. The Crystal Quilt, 1985 – 1987, by Suzanne Lacy

image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Crystal Quilt is one of Lacy’s most iconic works. It is an important piece in the history of Feminist art
  • The work was first ‘performed’ on 10th May 1987 in Minneapolis. Over 400 senior women, over the age of 60 came together for a discussion. They spoke about their individual experiences of growing older. These women were all from different backgrounds and sections of society. They had a live audience of more than 3,000 people. Apart from this, The Crystal Quilt – as the event was called – was also broadcast on television.
  • The work as exhibited at the Tate consists of the video and audio recording, photographs and a quilt.

Some Final Thoughts :

About her work, Suzanne Lacy had stated at the time :
“In some sense The Crystal Quilt was successful politically, in that the work was bigger, it had more social impact in that region, but do one or two events ever change the way people – other than those who directly experience it – see? This raises this issue of whether you can expect art to create social change, and at what point is it no longer art.”

With these words, Lacy asks a crucial question. We know that art is a mirror of society and vice versa. But, should we expect art to be a catalyst for change – social or political? Is that really a burden to be borne by the artist and her creation?


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.

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