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DDA Guest Lecture Series Spring 2024: Lita Albuquerque 

April 10, 2024 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

DDA Lecture Room, 4E-3 Myrtle Hall, 4th floor

Lita Albuquerque portrait

Lita Albuquerque 
April 10th, 2024 
12.45 pm EST 

Lita Albuquerque is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist and writer. She has developed a visual language that brings the realities of time and space to a human scale and is acclaimed for her ephemeral and permanent art works executed in the landscape and public sites.

She was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Tunisia, North Africa and Paris, France. In the 1970s Albuquerque emerged on the California art scene as part of the Light & Space movement and won acclaim for her epic and poetic ephemeral pigment pieces created for desert sites. She gained national attention in the late 1970s with her ephemeral pigment installations pertaining to mapping, identity and the cosmos, executed in the natural landscape.​

She represented the United States at the Sixth International Cairo Biennale, where she was awarded the Biennale’s top prize. Albuquerque has also been the recipient of the National Science Foundation Artist Grant Program for the artwork, Stellar Axis, which culminated in the first and largest ephemeral artwork created on that continent, three NEA Art in Public Places awards, an NEA Individual Fellowship grant, a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the 2019 Laguna Art Museum Wendt Artist of the Year Award, and MOCA’s Distinguished Women in the Arts award.

Recent major exhibitions include the 2018 Art Safiental Biennial, Switzerland, Desert X 2017, 20/20: Accelerando at USC Fisher Museum of Art, The Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, Desert X AlUla 2020, Saudi Arabia, Light & Space at Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark, Groundswell: Women of Land Art at Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, and Lita Albuquerque: Liquid Light presented by bardoLA at 59th La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Arte 2022.

Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Trust, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA and MOCA, among others. The Stellar Axis archive in the collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno.

A dedicated educator, Albuquerque has held many teaching appointments during her tenure, and was on the core faculty of the Graduate Art Program at Art Center College of Design for 35 years.​

For more information contact: 

Prof. Mattia Casalegno Digital Art Lecture Series Coordinator, DDA Pratt Institute