Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Lucy Raven, “State Change and Old Gags”

Photograph of a video projected on a square screen, with a silver bleacher in front.

Installation view of Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 6- September 5, 2022). Lucy Raven, Demolition of a Wall (Album 1), 2022. Photograph by Ron Amstutz.

Event Description

The GSD welcomes visual artist Lucy Raven to deliver the fall Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture.

In this presentation, artist Lucy Raven will present materials relating to several recent moving image installations, including Ready Mix, which was commissioned by and premiered at Dia Chelsea in 2021, and Demolition of a Wall (Album 1 and Album 2), which premiered at the 2022 Whitney Biennial and at WIELS. Together, these pieces explore the properties of extreme pressure and material state change occurring respectively at a concrete plant in central Idaho and an explosives range in southern New Mexico. They form the first two sections of a trilogy of “Westerns” Raven has been developing in locations throughout the Western United States.

For the Q+A, Raven will be joined by David Joselit, Chair of the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University.


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, Los Angeles (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, Ohio (2016); and Serpentine Galleries, London (2016–17). Select group shows include those at Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2008–09); Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus (2010); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2018–19). Additionally, Raven’s work was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, New York; 2016 Montreal Biennial; and 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh. 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.

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