With a main essay by Cornelia Butler and contributions from several authors, and including 140 black and white images.
Four exhibitions of contemporary art curated by Lucy Lippard have become known as her ‘numbers shows’. Each took the population of the city in which it was shown as its title: ‘557,087’ in Seattle, ‘955,000’ in Vancouver, ‘2,972,453’ in Buenos Aires and ‘c.7,500’ in Valencia, California, before touring the US and to London. This third title in the Exhibition Histories series examines the numbers shows and follows Lippard’s trajectory as critique and curator, tracing her growing political engagement and involvement with feminism. Extensive archival material is complemented by a new essay by Cornelia Butler and interviews with Lippard, Seth Siegelaub and exhibiting artists as well as critical responses written at the time by Peter Plagens and Griselda Pollock. The volume also includes an essay by Pip Day analysing artists’ initiatives in Argentina as a context for Lippard’s emerging political consciousness.
The Exhibition Histories series investigates exhibitions that have shaped the way contemporary art is experienced, made and discussed. The two previous books in the series are Exhibiting the New Art: ‘Op Losse Schroeven’ and ‘When Attitudes Become Form’ 1969 (2010) and Making Art Global (Part 1): The Third Havana Biennial 1989 (2011).
Published by Afterall Books in association with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna; the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; and Van Abbemuseum
Softcover, 6 x 8.4 in/304 pages
ISBN 978-1-84638-088-4 – Afterall Books
ISBN 978-3-86335-102-1 – Koenig Books
Distributed by Koenig Books, London