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An Evening with Lorraine O’Grady – Brooklyn Museum

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Lorraine O’Grady will debut her video Greetings and Theses at the Brooklyn Museum followed by a panel discussion on July 28, 2022.

The institution’s press release follows:

Multi-hyphenate artist Lorraine O’Grady introduces her first new performance persona since 1980, when her groundbreaking entrance as Mlle Bourgeoise Noire confronted the prevailing racial segregation of the mainstream New York art world. Enjoy the debut screening of Greetings and Theses, which documents O’Grady’s 2021 performance at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the retrospective Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And. The film is followed by a conversation between O’Grady; Danielle A. Jackson, curator at Artists Space; artist Sydney E. Vernon; Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art; and Curatorial Assistant Jenée-Daria Strand.

Tickets can be reserved through the Brooklyn Museum here.

Lorraine O’Grady is a conceptual artist and cultural critic whose artworks over four decades have employed the diptych, or the diptych idea, as their primary form. While consistently addressing issues of diaspora, hybridity and black female subjectivity, she uses the diptych to frame her themes as symptoms of the divisive and hierarchical either/or categories underpinning Western philosophy. For O’Grady, the diptych reflects the “both/and” or “miscegenated” thinking needed to destabilize the West’s either/or binary of “winners or losers,” one continuously birthing supremacies from the intimate to the political, of which white supremacy may be only the most
all-inclusive.

O’Grady’s 1992/1994 essay “Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity” has made an enduring contribution to art history and intersectional feminism and her artworks have been acquired by, among others, the Whitney Museum, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; the MFA, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, NY; and Tate Modern, London, UK.

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