Performa Institute Presents

Lorraine O’Grady, Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire and her Master of Ceremonies enter the New Museum), (1980-83/2009). Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY.

Performa Institute Presents Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O'Grady

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
, Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York
THIS EVENT IS FULL. There will be a Wait List at the door.

THIS EVENT IS FULL. There will be a Wait List at the door.

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 artist followed by a conversation with O'Grady.

Concurrent with Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O’Grady, Alexander Gray Associates will present O’Grady’s second exhibition with the gallery titled New Worlds, on view April 11 – May 19.

Lorraine O’Grady is a New York-based artist and critic. Born in Boston in 1934 and educated at Wellesley College, O’Grady began making art in 1980, following careers as a research economist, translator, and rock critic. The New York Times in 2006 called her “one of the most interesting American conceptual artists around.” In 2007 her landmark performance, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, was made one of the entry points to WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, the first-ever museum exhibition of this major art movement. Recent exhibitions include La Trienele Paris (2012); Alexander Grey Associates, New York (2012); Prospect 2 New Orleans (2011); Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); Whitney Biennial, New York (2010); WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2007 – 08); and Artpace, San Antonio (2007). 

Dr. Kellie Jones is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latino/a and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory. Her teaching covers the 17th–21st centuries. Her writings have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues and the journals including Artforum, Flash Art, and Atlantica, among others. Her books include EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art (Duke University Press 2011) and Taming the Freeway and Other Acts of Urban HIP-notism: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s (forthcoming, The MIT Press). Jones recently curated Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 (October 2, 2011 – January 8, 2012) at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

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The Performa Institute is supported in part by Lambent Foundation of Tides Foundation and the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.