Ideas Platform

Sunday School
Feminist Futures: The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture

26 Jul – 26 Jul 2015

Above: Sunday School, 'Feminist Futures: The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture', installation view, 2015, Artspace
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

In 1975 the American art critic and curator Lucy R. Lippard came to Australia to deliver the Power Lecture at Sydney University. She also held a number of informal lectures and discussions about gender inequality in the arts and conducted studio visits with women artists. Lippard's 1975 visit is now legendary. In reaching almost mythical status, it is said to have kick-started the Women's Art Movement and other important feminist activities in Australia. 

For 'The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture', Sunday School re-visits this historic moment through re-enactment and a discursive program of events held at Artspace. Sunday School will examine the significance of Lippard's visit through collecting a range of eye witness accounts, memories, and stories from those who were 'there'. Forty years on, this project considers the legacy of feminism in Australia and how it ghosts and overlaps with the contemporary context.

'The Lucy R. Lippard Lecture' is part of an ongoing series of experiments centred on the potential use of re-enactment as a pedagogical tool to remember feminist histories and practices.

Sunday School is a feminist pedagogical project led by Sydney artists and researchers Kelly Doley and Diana Smith. It is an artistic experiment in horizontal learning and a platform for the exchange of skills and knowledge. Through a range of workshops, reading groups and other participatory events, Sunday School aims to generate alternative discourses alongside the application of practical skills. This year events have included an art and feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon for International Women’s Day and a workshop with art historian Amelia Jones.