Combining painting, printmaking, and drawing with public events such as concerts, poetry readings, and performances, Lucy McKenzie (b. 1977, Glasgow) goes far beyond the production of objects in her artistic practice. With the Polish artist Paulina Olowska, she operated a nightclub in Warsaw for a month in 2003. The club emulated early twentieth-century artist societies and salons, where improvisation and artist camaraderie served as a catalyst for new forms of social experience. Her explorations of collectivism, vernacular architecture, and global culture question the politics of representation and confront how women have historically been portrayed in the media. For her debut exhibition at MoMA, McKenzie, with the help of fashion artist Beca Lipscombe and designer Bernie Reid, transforms gallery space into a turn-of-the-century setting for the display of her own paintings and prints, which were recently acquired by MoMA.
Organized by Christophe Cherix, Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.
The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series is made possible in part by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and the JA Endowment Committee.