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Acts of Recognition – Carolyn Lazard

November 19, 2020 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


The Pratt Photography MFA program invites you to join Prof. Carissa Rodriguez’s Acts of Recognition class via Online Event. The class will be presenting three guest speakers: Milly Cai on October 22 at 5:30 pm, Lacey Lennon on November 5 at 5:30 pm, and Carolyn Lazard on November 19 at 5:30 pm. These talks will be open to the Pratt Institute community and the general public.

Carolyn Lazard is a visual artist whose sculptures, videos, installations, and performances center disability and accessibility. Their work appropriates existing video and objects—an approach Lazard describes as “the most disabled way of making,” as it relies on “the labor of others as a structural element of the work.” Lazard believes that disability is not a rare occurrence but rather one that every person experiences in some way, and the artist’s work employs that experience as a creative lens through which they imagine alternative modes of accessibility, labor, and care. In the 2016 piece Support System (for Park, Tina, and Bob), Lazard collected bouquets of flowers from audience members, using the bouquets as both the cost of admission to an intimate one-on-one performance and the materials to create a collaborative sculpture. Their 2017 video A Recipe for Disaster used the first program shown with captions on US television in 1972 to examine the terms of media accessibility. Their work has been shown nationally and internationally: in the 2019 Whitney Biennial and at venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; LUX, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Kitchen, New York City. Lazard holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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