Artist, Professor, SUNY Purchase
Lambert’s father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others – qualities which prepared him for life as an artist.
Lambert's work has been shown everywhere from museums to protest marches nationally and internationally, featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, BBC, and CNN, and been reported in the Associated Press, the New York Times, Harper’s, Newsweek and others.
In 2013 he was invited to the United Nations to speak about his research on advertising's affect on culture. He is also an associate professor at SUNY Purchase, the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism and was a Senior Fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology.
Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. In 2011 he began an international tour of a 9 x 20ft sign allowing people to vote on whether capitalism worked for them.
He lives in Beacon, NY.
BY STEVE LAMBERT
@ VOL 2
ON JUN 16, 2015
"It resonated with people... People loved the idea of pranking the New York Times."
In Practical Utopias from Beacon Vol. 2, Multidisciplinary artist Steve Lambert really puts the public in public art. Through a series of traveling exhibits, installations, pranks, interventions and participatory events, he uses his art to address a wide range of subjects, investigating assumptions, current events and public opinion. Funny, thoughtful, and skillfully executed.
This was "Presenation of the Day" on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015.