Lamb Construction (1973), Anatomy Lessons (1973-1976), 
Learn Where the Meat Comes From (1976) and other early works from 1970s
2011-2013, State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970
multiple institutions

Learn Where the Meat Comes From (1976) is a performance created specifically for video and television broadcast. Utilizing the archetypal cooking show format, Lacy instructs her viewers on the proper techniques for dissecting a lamb carcass while subjectively transforming her own body in reaction to the lamb’s physical dismantling. Conversely, Lamb Construction (1973) is a sculptural performance in which Lacy reconstructs a lamb’s internal organs on a wooden sawhorse skeleton. Learn Where The Meat Comes From is part of a larger body of performative photographs and videos titled Anatomy Lessons (1973-1976), in which Lacy conflates physiological and psychological perceptions of the female body.

All three works were selected for State of Mind: New California Art, circa 1970, an exhibition co-organized by the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and the University of California’s Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time. State of Mind is a thorough investigation of seminal conceptual and related avant-garde activities among California artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the critical interchange between them. From 2011-2013, the exhibition traveled to the Bronx Museum of Art, the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, and SITE Santa Fe.



The video portion of Learn Where the Meat Comes From is distributed by Video Data Bank. The photographic series is available for exhibition and private collections.

Lamb Construction exists as a mixed-media sculpture and archival photographs of Lacy's original 1973 performances at the Womanspace Gallery and the opening of the Los Angeles Women’s Building. Both are available for exhibitions and private collections.

Anatomy Lessons exists as a series of digital photographic prints. It is available for exhibitions and private collections.

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