Art Basel Miami Beach

 


Lorraine O'Grady

 December 3 - 6, 2009
Lorraine O'Grady, Installation view, Art Basel Miami Beach 2009
Lorraine O'Grady, Installation view, Art Basel Miami Beach 2009
Art Is. . .  (Float Back)  (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Float Back) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Back of Float) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Back of Float) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Faded Renaissance) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Faded Renaissance) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Girlfriends Times Two) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Girlfriends Times Two) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman and Umbrella) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman and Umbrella) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with Baby) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with Baby) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . .  (Line of Floats) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Line of Floats) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Dancing on Flatbed) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Dancing on Flatbed) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Dancer in Grass Skirt)  (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Dancer in Grass Skirt) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Troupe with Mile Bourgeoise Noire) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Troupe with Mile Bourgeoise Noire) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Cop Framed) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Cop Framed) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Women in Crowd Framed) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Women in Crowd Framed) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with Towel Head) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with Towel Head) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is...(Troupe Front) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is...(Troupe Front) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Cop Eyeing Young Man) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Cop Eyeing Young Man) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman and Girl with Stripes) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman and Girl with Stripes) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Metropolitan Baptist) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Metropolitan Baptist) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Caught in the Art) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Caught in the Art) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman with Stripes) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman with Stripes) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with Rings and Child) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with Rings and Child) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Couple With Bad Teeth) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Couple With Bad Teeth) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Colt 45 “African” Float) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Colt 45 “African” Float) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Star East Monuments) (1983/2009)
C-print
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Star East Monuments) (1983/2009)
C-print
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Cross Street) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Cross Street) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman with Man and Cop Watching) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Woman with Man and Cop Watching) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Ashanti Professionals) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Ashanti Professionals) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Float with Back of Troupe) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Float with Back of Troupe) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with a Camera) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Man with a Camera) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is..., (Stone and Brick with Egyptian Motif) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is..., (Stone and Brick with Egyptian Motif) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Guys in a Crowd) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Guys in a Crowd) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Sheadrach Home Cooking) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Sheadrach Home Cooking) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Unisex Barber Shop)  (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Unisex Barber Shop) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Float on 125th Street) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Float on 125th Street) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Framing Cop) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Framing Cop) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is . . . (Young Women Leaning on Barrier) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is . . . (Young Women Leaning on Barrier) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Lickety Split) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Lickety Split) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Glamor with Glasses) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Glamor with Glasses) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Nubians) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Nubians) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Window Grilles) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Window Grilles) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
16h x 20w in (40.64h x 50.8w cm)
Art Is. . . (Girl Pointing) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
20h x 16w in (50.8h x 40.64w cm)
Art Is. . . (Girl Pointing) (1983/2009)
C-print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
20h x 16w in (50.8h x 40.64w cm)
Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Beats Herself with the Whip-That-Made-Plantations-Move)  (1980-83/2009)
Silver gelatin print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
50h x 40w in (127h x 101.6w cm)
Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Beats Herself with the Whip-That-Made-Plantations-Move) (1980-83/2009)
Silver gelatin print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
50h x 40w in (127h x 101.6w cm)
Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Shouts Out Her Poem)  (1980-83/2009 )
Silver gelatin print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
40h x 50w in (101.6h x 127w cm)
Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Shouts Out Her Poem) (1980-83/2009 )
Silver gelatin print; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
40h x 50w in (101.6h x 127w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Progress of Queens), L: Devonia, age 36; R: Nefertiti, age 36  (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints; Edition of 8 with 1AP
26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Progress of Queens), L: Devonia, age 36; R: Nefertiti, age 36 (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints; Edition of 8 with 1AP
26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (A Mother's Kiss), T: Candace and Devonia; B: Nefertiti and daughter  (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
37h x 26w in (93.98h x 66.04w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (A Mother's Kiss), T: Candace and Devonia; B: Nefertiti and daughter (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
37h x 26w in (93.98h x 66.04w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Young Queens),
L: Nefertiti, age 24; R: Devonia, age 24  (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Young Queens),
L: Nefertiti, age 24; R: Devonia, age 24 (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints; Edition of 8 with 1 AP
26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)

About the Presentation

Press Release PDF 1.5 MB

December 3 - 6, 2009

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009
Nova Booth H27

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2009, Alexander Gray Associates presented a solo exhibition of veteran performance artist, Feminist theorist and cultural critic Lorraine O’Grady. Central to the presentation is the premiere of a new body of photographic works, which documents O’Grady’s 1983 Harlem performance.

Art Is . . . , a joyful performance in Harlem’s African-American Day Parade, September 1983, was, from the point of view of the work’s connection with its audience, O’Grady’s most immediately successful piece. Its impetus had been to answer the challenge of a non-artist acquaintance in the Heresies Feminist collective, that “avant-garde art doesn’t have anything to do with black people.” O’Grady’s response was to put avant-garde art into the largest Black space she could think of, the million-plus viewers of the parade, to disprove her friend’s presumptions. The performance was undertaken in a spirit of elation which carried over through the day; unlike previous works which had critiqued the art world from within, this piece was to be about art, not about the art world. Rather than an invasion, it was more a crashing of the party. The 9 x 15-foot antique-styled gold frame mounted on the gold-skirted parade float moved slowly up Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, framing everything it passed as art, and the 15 young actors and dancers dressed in white framed viewers with empty gold picture frames to shouts of “Frame me, make me art!” and “That’s right, that’s what art is, WE’re the art!”

The timelessness, elegance and simplicity of O’Grady’s gesture belies the complex readings conveyed in the resulting images. In 2009, the work takes a photographic form; both independently and as a group, the images convey the motion and spirit of the action itself. Today, they are time capsules of Harlem’s community before the impact of the crack epidemic and real estate gentrification, a reminder of the politics and power of art making, and the joy in experiencing art itself.


About Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

Art Basel Miami Beach is one of the most important art fairs in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. As the sister event of Switzerland's Art Basel, one of the most prestigious art fairs worldwide for the past 38 years, Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city's beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and many hotels.

An exclusive selection of more than 220 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The fair is a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-calibre artworks.

Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. Every year a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel Miami Beach—a favorite winter meeting place for the international art world.

Related Press

  • Lorraine O'Grady Art Newspaper December 5, 2009 PDF (1.5 MB)

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