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Rubber Lady

Rubber Lady

American, active 1978 - 1999

The Santa Fe performance artist Rubber Lady was conceived as a protest against a censorship incident at the New Mexico Museum of Art (then called the Museum of Fine Arts) in 1978. Her first appearance was at the museum in her rubber suit to express her solidarity with an artist, Brad Smith, whose own rubber sculpture was deemed too “offensive” for inclusion in an exhibition. Rubber Lady would show up at gallery openings, pose as “living sculpture,” and perform at various art events and venues throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. She was always silent, anonymous, and provocative, prompting viewers to reflect upon their reactions to an unexpected encounter with this strange figure. (Addison 2013)