Mary Lucier (Bucyrus, Ohio, 1944) has been known for her contributions to the form of multi-monitor, multi-channel video installation since the early 1970s. 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, collaborating with composers Alvin Lucier and Robert Ashley in. Since 1971 her mixed-media video work has consistently explored the theme of landscape as a metaphor for loss and regeneration and, more recently, trauma as experienced and articulated in more obliquely narrative modes. Her video work has been shown in major museums around the world where it now resides in numerous collections, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modrn 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. She has recently been involved in reviving and revising select older works such as Color Phantoms with Automatic Writing or Equinox for a contemporary context. She currently lives and works in New York City and upstate New York.
20 April 2017