Lorraine O'Grady

1997 - 1998 Vera List Center Fellow
Lorraine O'Grady (b. 1934, Boston) is a conceptual artist whose work addresses issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity and the roles these have played in the history of modernism. O'Grady made her first public artworks in 1980 after being a student at Wellesley and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a research economist and intelligence analyst for the US Departments of Labor and State, a literary and commercial translator, and a freelance journalist who wrote for the Village Voice and Rolling Stone. In 2007, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, O'Grady's landmark 1980 performance of institutional critique, was featured in the exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. Since then, O'Grady has been included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial; This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s (MCA Chicago, 2012); We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 (Brooklyn Museum, 2017); and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963-1983 (Tate Modern, 2017). She has written for Artforum and the CAA Art Journal. Major public collections of her work include the Art Institute of Chicago; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Walker Art Center; and Tate Modern. She was a 1997 Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.