Mary Lucier

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Mary Lucier

Mary Lucier (born 1944, in Bucyrus, Ohio) is an American artist who has worked in many mediums including sculpture, photography, and performance. Concentrating primarily on video and installation since 1973, she has produced numerous multiple- and single-channel pieces. Lucier began working in film in the 1970s after receiving her B.A. from Brandeis University.[1] Her work has been shown internationally in museums, galleries, alternative spaces and festivals and is represented in many public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, ZKM Museum fur Neue Kunst in Karlsruhe, Germany, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI.

In the 1960s Lucier was married to composer Alvin Lucier and toured with him as a member of the Sonic Arts Union. She is currently married to the painter and arts writer Robert Berlind, with whom she resides in New York.[1]


A traveling exhibition, The Plains of Sweet Regret, is accompanied by a 48-page catalog edited by Laurel Reuter, with an essay by Karen Wilkin. Venues include the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Lennon, Weinberg Gallery, New York, NY, The Nicolaysen Museum of Art (Casper, WY), The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar (Denver), the Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, TX) where it is the first video installation ever to be shown at the museum. and the Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL). She is represented by Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York. Her videotapes are available from Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

Lucier has been artist-in-residence at the Capp Street Project in San Francisco and the TV Lab at Thirteen/WNET, located in New York. Since then, Lucier has taught at many schools including New York University, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Minnesota College of Art and Design, and the School of Visual Arts, New York.[1]


In the past 30 years, Lucier has been the recipient of grants, awards, and commissions from public and private foundations including Creative Capital, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Film Institute, the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Anonymous Was A Woman, and the Nancy Graves Foundation. In 2007 she received the Skowhegan Medal for Video for outstanding work in the field. In 2010 she won a United States Artists Fellow award.[2]

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Selected works[edit]

  • The Plains of Sweet Regret (2004/2007) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • 'Arabesque (2004) DVD
  • Selected Works, 1975 - 2000 (2001), 3 DVDs
  • Migration 2000: Portrait John Lado Keni/Monarch (2000) Video and sound installation
  • Forge (2000) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Nesting (2000) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Migrations (2000) Video and sound installation
  • Floodsongs (1998) Video and sound installation
  • Summer, or Grief (1998), DVD
  • House by the Water (1997) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Aspects of the Fossil Record (1996) Video and sound installation
  • Last Rites (Positano) (1995) Mixed media interactive video and sound installation
  • Oblique House (Valdez) (1993) Mixed media interactive video and sound installation
  • Noah's Raven (1993) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • MASS: Between a Rockand a Hard Place (1990) with Elizabeth Streb. Videotape
  • MASS (1990) with Elizabeth Streb. Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Asylum (A Romance) (1986) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Wilderness (1986) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Amphibian (1985) with Elizabeth Streb. Performance
  • Wintergarden (1984) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Ohio at Giverny (1983) Video and sound installation
  • Ohio to Giverny: Memory of Light (1983) videotape
  • Denman's Col (Geometry) (1981) video and sound installation
  • Planet (1980) Video installation
  • Equinox (1979) Video installation
  • Bird's Eye (1978) Videotape
  • Paris Dawn Burn (1977) Mixed media video and sound installation
  • Untitled Display System (1975–77) Live video camera installation
  • Dawn Burn (1975) Mixed media video installation
  • Air Writing (1975) Video installation
  • Fire Writing (1975) Performance/Videotape; DVD (2006)
  • Antique (1973) Mixed media video installation
  • Polaroid Image Series (1969–1974) Series of black & white slides for performance with Alvin Lucier's I am sitting in a room; 4 DVDs (2006)