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Creative Time / Brooklyn Museum announce Suzanne Lacy Between the Door and the Street

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, hundreds of women will gather on the stoops of Park Place between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. There, they will explore some of the most compelling and provocative issues facing women today. The performance is the central component of Between the Door and the Street, the first major work in New York City by internationally celebrated artist Suzanne Lacy, presented by Creative Time and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The public is encouraged to come to this tree-lined street and wander freely among the different groups to listen, observe, and form their own opinions, perhaps shaping a new understanding of what feminism means to different individuals in today’s world.

To create this multi-faceted project, Lacy spent six months in conversation with a multi-racial and multi-generational group of women, at once responding to the criticism of feminism as exclusionary and honing her awareness of the multitude of issues that affect women of all backgrounds. She then worked closely with a core group of advisers—ranging from prominent feminists to a theologian, a doctor, a labor activist, an immigration lawyer, and many others—to develop the form and specific content of the project. She considers this inclusive process to be an integral part of the artwork itself.

The project
Each of the Park Place stoops will be occupied by intimate groups of people, most of them brought together by one of dozens of New York City-based activist organizations solicited for this purpose. As each group will discuss a unique question, Between the Door and the Street will encompass a highly diverse array of issues, including reproductive rights, global economics, poverty, and immigration, among many others. Participants in the conversations will cross lines of race, generation, socioeconomic background, and gender.

Suzanne Lacy
Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of socially engaged and public art. Lacy’s installations, videos, and performances deal with such critical issues as sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, labor, and aging. Working collaboratively, and in the model of a community organizer, Lacy has realized large-scale projects in London; Oakland; Los Angeles; Charleston, South Caroline; and the Kentucky mountains. She has won fellowships from numerous foundations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and Rockefeller Foundation, and her work has been exhibited and collected by national and international institutions.

About the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum is an exhibition and education environment whose mission is to raise awareness of feminism’s cultural contributions, to educate new generations about the meaning of feminist art, to maintain a dynamic and welcoming learning environment, and to present feminism in an approachable and relevant way.

About Creative Time
Since 1974, Creative Time has worked with thousands of artists to realize hundreds of groundbreaking art projects that have transformed public spaces. These have ignited the public’s imagination, explored ideas that shape society, and engaged millions of people around the globe.

Project support
Lead project support for Between the Door and the Street is provided by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, Stephanie Ingrassia, Katie Michel, Barbara Nessim, Mary Jo and Ted Shen, Ellen Taubman, Ippolita Rostagno, Carol Goldberg, Diana Wege Sherogan, Annette Blum, Judy Cox, Louise Eastman, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Toby Devan Lewis, Brooke Garber Neidich, Pamella Roland, Martine Trink Rubenstein, Victoria E. Schonfeld, Elizabeth Smith, Frederieke Taylor, Barbara Tober, Donna Harkavy, Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz, Claudia Baez, Riva Blumenfeld, and Margaret Sullivan.