Lorraine O'Grady

 

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

 October 29, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Miscegenated Family Album (Sisters I), L: Nefernefruaten Nefertiti; R: Devonia Evangeline O'Grady  (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints
26h x 37w in (66h x 94w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Sisters I), L: Nefernefruaten Nefertiti; R: Devonia Evangeline O'Grady (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints
26h x 37w in (66h x 94w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (A Mother's Kiss),
T: Candace and Devonia; B: Nefertiti and daughter  (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints, 37h x 26w in (94h x 66w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (A Mother's Kiss),
T: Candace and Devonia; B: Nefertiti and daughter (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints, 37h x 26w in (94h x 66w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Cross Generational), L: Nefertiti, the last image; R: Devonia's youngest daughter, Kimberley (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints
26h x 37w in (66h x 94w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Cross Generational), L: Nefertiti, the last image; R: Devonia's youngest daughter, Kimberley (1980/1994)
Cibachrome prints
26h x 37w in (66h x 94w cm)
Landscape (Western Hemisphere) (2010/2011)
Single channel video for projection
Landscape (Western Hemisphere) (2010/2011)
Single channel video for projection
The Fir-Palm (1991/2012)
Silver gelatin print (photomontage)
50h x 40w in (127h x 101.6w cm)
The Fir-Palm (1991/2012)
Silver gelatin print (photomontage)
50h x 40w in (127h x 101.6w cm)
Body/Ground (The Clearing: or Cortez and La Malinche. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, N. and Me) (1991/2012)
Silver gelatin print (photomontage)
40h x 50w in (101.6h x 127w cm)
Body/Ground (The Clearing: or Cortez and La Malinche. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, N. and Me) (1991/2012)
Silver gelatin print (photomontage)
40h x 50w in (101.6h x 127w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists, Diptych 3 Blue (Charles and Michael)  (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.4w in (118.9h x 95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists, Diptych 3 Blue (Charles and Michael) (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.4w in (118.9h x 95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists, Diptych 2 Green (Charles and Michael)  (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.3w in (118.9h x 94.7w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists, Diptych 2 Green (Charles and Michael) (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.3w in (118.9h x 94.7w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists, Diptych 4 Grey (Michael and Charles)  (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.4w in (118.9h x 95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists, Diptych 4 Grey (Michael and Charles) (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.4w in (118.9h x 95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists  Diptych 1 Red (Charles and Michael)  (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.4w in (118.9h x 95w cm)
The First and the Last of the Modernists Diptych 1 Red (Charles and Michael) (2010)
Fujiflex print
46.8h x 37.4w in (118.9h x 95w cm)

About the Exhibition



October 29, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Lorraine O’Grady: Where Margins Become Centers
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Boston, MA

The exhibition features art from six bodies of work dating from 1977 to 2015 including photography, film, collage, performance documentation and writing. The works collected for this exhibition reveal the artist’s ongoing interest in the systemic powers affecting social behavior. O’Grady was born in Boston to upper-middle-class West Indian parents and educated at Wellesley. Her inherited biculturalism⎯a young black woman coming of age in rarefied New England⎯and participation in interracial relationships are grounds for a unique perspective from both within and on the periphery of diverse social spheres. These binary oppositions provide the basis for astute observations on human civilization, often deployed in the form of the diptych and notable in the series Miscegenated Family Album and The First and the Last of the Modernists on view at the Carpenter Center. Juxtaposing and collaging seemingly disparate dichotomies, the artist uses the extreme margins to explore the central undergirding supporting social oppositions, challenging what is falsely agreed upon in a march toward dismantling accepted constructs.

Related Press

  • Lorraine O'Grady Exhibition Booklet October 10, 2015 PDF (2.2 MB)

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