Mary Lucier is widely celebrated as one of the pioneers of American video art. She was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, in 1944, and graduated with Honors in English and American Literature at Brandeis University. In the 1970s and 1980s, she earned international critical acclaim for her video installations. She currently lives and works in New York.
Lucier has been featured in one-person exhibitions at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and dozens of others. One of her early projects (1975) was presented by the iconic alternative art space The Kitchen in New York. The North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks has commissioned Lucier to create two major works, including The Plains of Sweet Regret.
Her distinguished exhibition history also includes important group exhibitions such as September 11 at MoMA PS1 in New York, 2011; the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1997; The Luminous Image organized by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1984; the 1983 Whitney Biennial; and the 10e Biennale de Paris at the Musée d’Art Moderne in 1977.
In the Northwest, Lucier’s work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the alternative space and/or in Seattle.
Lucier has been honored with the 2007 Skowhegan Medal for Video. She has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation through the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Nancy Graves Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.