“Sniper’s Nest: the Art that has Lived with Lucy R. Lippard” opens Feb. 12 at the Wake Forest University Fine Arts Gallery. From minimalism to multiculturalism, the collection of works by more than 100 artists provides a visual record of the New York art scene from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Among the artists included in the exhibition are Marcel Duchamp, Eva Hess, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Katz, Nancy Spero and Judy Chicago. Most of the pieces in the collection were gifts to Lippard, a New York art critic. Artist books and photographs are also part of the collection.
An opening reception, including taped interview with Lippard, will be held Friday, Feb. 21, from 7-9 p.m. Also, Lippard will present a slide lecture Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102.
During her career, Lippard has written for publications such as “Art in America.” “The Sniper’s Nest” was the name of her column in Z magazine. Her loft in lower Manhattan was the gathering place for progressive artists, journalists and political activists. In the 1970s, Lippard was the only New York art critic championing women’s art.
“For a generation of progressive artists who needed their thoughts and actions organized, she became a hero, an activist model,” according to art critic Elizabeth Hess in the collection’s catalog.
The show is part of Wake Forest University’s Year of the Arts, a yearlong celebration of the arts that includes special exhibitions, performances, symposia and other events. The exhibit is on loan from the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College.
Admission is free. The gallery hours are weekdays, 10 a.m – 5 p.m.; weekends, 1-5 p.m. For information, call 759-5585.
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