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Lorraine O'Grady - Artists - Alexander Gray Associates

Lorraine O'Grady, 2022. Photo: Lelanie Foster / Trunk Archive

For more than four decades, Lorraine O’Grady (b.1934) has challenged cultural conventions. Her multidisciplinary practice utilizes the diptych as both a tool for institutional critique and a conceptual framework to interrogate Western society. As she argues, “With the diptych, there’s no being saved, no before and after, no either/or; it’s both/and, at the same time.” Insisting on both/and, for O’Grady, the diptych presents a constant exchange between equals, forwarding “miscegenated thinking” by eroding hierarchical oppositions. This thinking, which seeks to confront the limitations of a culture built on exclusivity and resistance to difference, advocates for concepts like hybridity, gender fluidity, and process rather than resolution.


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Public Collections

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA
Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Minnapolis Institute of Art, MN
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Austria
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany
Stanley Museum of Art at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London
Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, KS
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, IL
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Worcester Art Museum, MA