The long-gone art gallery afforded Black artists a space to create without having to consider the pressures of the commercial art market or the fickle nature of nonprofit art institutions.
Lorraine O’Grady Still Won’t Play It Safe
Much like her writing, O’Grady’s photomontages pressure binaries until something other, something “both/and” emerges.
Lorraine O’Grady’s First Retrospective Is Both Invigorating and Overdue
O’Grady’s rebellious spirit has roused the mainstream art world for close to 50 years, and her latest exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum is no exception.
Lorraine O’Grady, in All of Her Literary Brilliance
The first book to offer a comprehensive overview of O’Grady’s writings, Writing in Space 1973 — 2019 affirms both the range and reach of the artist’s impact upon an art world that has only belatedly recognized her.
This Biden-Harris Campaign Ad Is Inspired by Artist Lorraine O’Grady
A new video advertisement from the president-elect references O’Grady’s 1983 performance “Art Is…”
Notes on Living a Translated Life
From the John Singer Sargent frontal nude painting of McKeller in Boston’s MFA, I’d imagined Thomas as tall and slender. Looking more closely, I can see that even 100 years ago a body like Thomas’s was not accidental.
How Lorraine O’Grady Has Challenged a Segregated Art World
O’Grady has persistently raised questions about the lack of black representation in art and in the art world. But her latest exhibition represents a shift.
Lorraine O’Grady Stars in a New Music Video by Anohni
“Marrow” consists simply of O’Grady lip-synching to Anohni’s three-minute song of the same title against a black background.
A Walk Through the World of Lorraine O’Grady
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When visiting an art exhibit, there’s a temptation to start at the entryway and work your way through it following the path established by the curator.
In and Out of Frame: Lorraine O’Grady’s “Art Is…”
Like a Choose Your Own Adventure story or a game of Mad Libs, the elliptical title of Lorraine O’Grady’s 1983 performance piece, “Art Is…,” creates space, playful and inviting, for structured audience participation.
Between Carnival and Performance Art: Nine Artists on Masquerade
NEW ORLEANS — It’s astonishing that in 2015 a group exhibition of nine artists of color can still be impressive based on statistics and context alone.
Baudelaire, Michael Jackson, and Modernism
One of my favorite pieces included in Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year was Adam Pendleton’s “Lorraine O’Grady: A Portrait” (2012).