Early Flash Mobs

women at gathering to form a quilt formation

In 1987, Suzanne Lacy directed one of my favorite artworks of all times, The Crystal Quilt, a gathering of over 430 Minnesota women over the age of 60, seated at tables that were arranged to resemble a quilt. Ten years later, I worked at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art where all MFA students were required to read Lacy’s book Mapping the Terrain and create a community-based artwork. From that point forward, orchestrated audience participation became part of my studio practice. Now it happens across digital platforms. It’s always been my way of moving outside of my center.