Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O’Grady
Presented by Performa Institute
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:30 pm
|NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street, New York
Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O’Grady is the first in a new series of public events presented by the Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa that focuses on exploring the historical context and significance of artists who work across a broad range of disciplines, from the 1960s to the present. The inaugural event will examine the remarkable work and life of artist Lorraine O’Grady in the context of feminism, politics, and art of the 1980s and today. Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, will present an in-depth look at the aritst followed by a conversation with O'Grady.
In addition to her work as a visual artist, OʼGrady has also made innovative contributions to cultural criticism with her writings, including the now canonical article, Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity. O’Grady’s work is included in La Triennale, “Intense Proximity,” curated by Okwui Enwezor (2012) in Paris, France. O’Grady was featured in 2011 in Rose O’Grady at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, and in the Prospect.2 New Orleans biennial and was selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial as well as for that year’s Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain. In 2007, she was in the landmark exhibition, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, organized by Connie Butler for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, and was a resident artist at Artpace San Antonio, TX. O’Grady has received numerous awards, most recently an Art Matters grant, and in 2011 was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow. Lorraine O'Grady is represented by Alexander Gray Associates, New York.