On Feb 3, hundreds of women aged sixty-plus who took part in activist movements from the 1950s to 80s will converge on The Tate Modern Tanks to participate in Suzanne Lacy’s live artwork, Silver Action. I’ll be following live via twitter (hashtag #silveraction).
The diverse groups of women (from all across the UK) will engage in a series of live and unscripted staged conversations.
The project explores themes in social and political discourse, the role of personal commitment in influencing the public agenda, and the role of women in social transformation.
The performance also champions the inclusion and social relevance of older women, offering new ways of looking at the ageing experience–one big reason I wanted to participate. The event happens to come just after my previous blog on ageism against women in the media so it’s great to see these women get the recognition and visibility they deserve.
Follow and join the conversations on the day using the #silveraction tag (and follow us @restlessbuddha and @amberhsu). This documentary dialogue will be projected on The Tanks walls and into the digital world throughout the performance and form part of the exhibition’s curated content.
Silver Action follows the acquisition and installation of Lacy’s Crystal Quilt 1985–87 at Tate Modern in 2012, currently on display in the Transformers gallery.Crystal Quilt was initially conceived and experienced as a performance work, when 430 women over the age of sixty gathered in a Minneapolis shopping centre to share their views on growing older. The performance was broadcast live on television and was the culmination of the Whisper Minnesota Project, a three-year public artwork empowering and giving a voice to older women from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds.