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Sharon Irish

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816660957

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816660957.001.0001

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the Urban Stage

the Urban Stage

(p.61) 3 the Urban Stage
Suzanne Lacy

Sharon Irish

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses Lacy's singular and later collaborative efforts with Leslie Labowitz in addressing the politics of rape in the urban stage. The latter was the larger context of Lacy's travels between two of her large-scale projects on making rape visible—Three Weeks in May and In Mourning and in Rage. Media sensationalism, Lacy felt, had obscured the pertinent issues rape. Much of her 1977 artistic dialogues sought to portray rape as that which must be accorded with due respect rather than exploitation. Lacy's efforts had coincided with the rising wave of feminism during the 1970s; and during this period she had begun to “scale up” her artistic works—by first creating “performance structures” where people could listen to each other, then by making these conversations as visible as possible, and finally, by keeping these dialogues focused on action.

Keywords:   feminism, Leslie Labowitz, media sensationalism, politics of rape, 1977, performance structures, artistic dialogues

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