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The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Peg Alston 2010.19.3a–b Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York ©2017 Lorraine O'Grady / …

An active voice in the feminist art movement of 1970s New York, Lorraine O’Grady works in performance, photo installation, video, and photomontage, exploring issues of gender, diaspora, identity, and aesthetics. She is best known for her performance works Mlle Bourgeoise Noire (1980–83) and Art Is… (1983), the latter a performance in Harlem’s African-American Day Parade in September 1983, in which O’Grady positioned a giant, antique-style gold frame atop a float so that, in the spirit of celebration and inclusivity, it framed everything it passed as art. Born in New England to West Indian parents, she has also addressed minority cultural perspectives; for Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, a guerrilla performance located in the heart of New York’s downtown art scene, O’Grady dressed in a costume made of 180 pairs of white gloves, adopted a larger-than-life persona, and visited art galleries, critiquing the racial apartheid still prevalent in the mainstream art world.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Selected exhibitions
2018
Lorraine O’Grady: Family GainedMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
2017
The TimesThe FLAG Art Foundation
2012
Lorraine O'Grady New WorldsAlexander Gray Associates
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Sisters III (L: Nefertiti's daughter, Maketaten; R: Devonia's Daughter, Kimberley), from the "Miscegenated Family Album", 1980

Silver dye bleach photographs (Cibachrome)
26 × 37 in
66 × 94 cm
Location
New York
Medium
Image rights
The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Peg Alston 2010.19.3a–b Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York ©2017 Lorraine O'Grady / …

An active voice in the feminist art movement of 1970s New York, Lorraine O’Grady works in performance, photo installation, video, and photomontage, exploring issues of gender, diaspora, identity, and aesthetics. She is best known for her performance works Mlle Bourgeoise Noire (1980–83) and Art Is… (1983), the latter a performance in Harlem’s African-American Day Parade in September 1983, in which O’Grady positioned a giant, antique-style gold frame atop a float so that, in the spirit of celebration and inclusivity, it framed everything it passed as art. Born in New England to West Indian parents, she has also addressed minority cultural perspectives; for Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, a guerrilla performance located in the heart of New York’s downtown art scene, O’Grady dressed in a costume made of 180 pairs of white gloves, adopted a larger-than-life persona, and visited art galleries, critiquing the racial apartheid still prevalent in the mainstream art world.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Selected exhibitions (3)
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