- [c.1953]-2010 (Creation)
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183 cm of textual records
1 photograph album
Name of creator
Suzy Lake (born Detroit, Michigan, 1947) is a visual artist and educator whose work uses photoconceptual, performance and video strategies to examine and critique ideals of the body, gender and identity. She immigrated to Montreal in 1968, following the 1967 Detroit riots, and became a founding member of the artist-run centre Véhicule. Lake’s career has been based in Toronto since the late 1970s. She has taught at the University of Guelph since 1988. Her work is in numerous major public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
The materials now constituting the Suzy Lake fonds were transferred directly to the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2009 and 2011.
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AGO credit line: Gift of Suzy Lake, 2011.
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Fonds consists of Suzy Lake’s documentation of her artistic projects and exhibitions, records of her teaching activity at the University of Guelph, trial proofs used in the production of photo murals, and an example of early experimental work by the artist. Fonds also includes Lake’s grandfather’s sketchbook from his studies at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
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Copyright is held by the creator. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds/collection.
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Description and finding aid prepared by Amy Marshall Furness, 2011.
Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.