- 1972-2010 (Creation)
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155 cm of textual records
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.
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Scope and content
Series comprises Suzy Lake’s documentation of her career as an artist, organized according to exhibition or project. Typical file contents include press clippings, copies of exhibition invitations and catalogues, and photographic documentation. Series also includes performance notes and scripts for the works “Missed Liberty”, “Dance to Life”, “The 1812 Overture – An Ongoing Saga; Or, The Corn Also Rises” and “The Shirley Show / After Oka what?”.
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Further accruals are expected.
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Conditions governing access
Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
Conditions governing reproduction
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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File titles are Suzy Lake’s, unless noted otherwise.
Arrangement: Arrangement follows the artist’s chronological arrangement of files. Typically, documents relating to later exhibitions of a particular work are filed together with documents related to the creation or first exhibition of the work.
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Originally prepared in 2011