Mary Lucier Plus

New York State

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Mary Lucier is celebrated for her contributions to the form of multi-monitor, multi-channel video installation since the early 1970’s. After studying sculpture and literature at Brandeis University she became involved in photography and performance while still living in the Boston area. She traveled extensively with the Sonic Arts Union for several years, collaborating with composers Alvin Lucier and Robert Ashley in concerts throughout the US and Europe. Since 1971 her mixed-media video and sound work has consistently explored the theme of landscape as a metaphor for loss and regeneration--Dawn Burn (1975), Ohio at Giverny (1983)--and, more recently, trauma as experienced and articulated in more obliquely narrative modes--Wilderness (1986), Noah's Raven (1993), The Plains of Sweet Regret (2004). In that time, Lucier has also produced a significant body of single-channel pieces which have been screened in museums and festivals world-wide. Her video work has been shown in major museums around the world where it now resides in numerous important collections, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Reina Sofia, the Stedeljik Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Over the years she has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, notably the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital, USA Artists, and the Japan-US Friendship Commission. She is currently at work on a series of projects based in the Imperial Buddhist convents in Japan. An ongoing collaboration with the North Dakota Museum of Art and the Rauschenberg Foundation focuses on the music and culture of the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation.

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