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Lorraine O'Grady

Miscegenated Family Album

September 10 – October 11, 2008

Miscegenated Family Album, 1980/1994, Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2008
Miscegenated Family Album, 1980/1994, Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2008
Miscegenated Family Album, 1980/1994, Installation view, Alexander Gray Associates, 2008
Miscegenated Family Album (Ceremonial Occasions I), L: Devonia as Matron of Honor; R: Nefertiti performing a lustration, 1980/1994, Cibachrome prints, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Ceremonial Occasions II), L: Devonia attending a wedding; R: Nefertiti performing an Aten ritual, 1980/1994, Cibachrome print, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w 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 (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Crowned Heads), L: Nefertiti's husband, Akhenaten; R: Devonia's husband Edward, 1980/1994, Cibachrome prints, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Hero Worship), L: Devonia, age 14; and Lorraine, age 3; R: Devonia, age 24; and Lorraine, age 13, 1980/1994, Cibachrome prints, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Motherhood), L: Nefertiti; R: Devonia reading to Candace and Edward, Jr., 1980/1994, Cibachrome prints, 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 print, 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, 37h x 26w in (93.98h x 66.04w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Sibling Rivalry) L: Nefertiti; R: Nefertiti's sister, Mutnedjmet, 1980/1994, Cibachrome prints, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Sisters I), L: Nefernefruaten Nefertiti; R: Devonia Evangeline O'Grady, 1980/1994, Cibachrome print, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Sisters II), L: Nefertiti's daughter Merytaten; R: Devonia's daughter, 1980/1994, Cibachrome print, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Sisters III), L: Nefertiti's daughter, Maketaten; R: Devonia's daughter, Kimberley, 1980/1994, Cibachrome print, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Young Princesses), L: Nefertiti's daughter, Ankhesenpaaten; R: Devonia's daughter, Candace, 1980/1994, Cibachrome prints, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Worldly Princesses), L: Nefertiti's daughter, Merytaten; R: Devonia's daughter, Kimberley, 1980/1994, Cibachrome prints, 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, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)
Miscegenated Family Album (Sisters IV), L: Devonia's sister, Lorraine; R: Nefertiti's sister, Mutnedjmet, 1980/1994, Cibachrome print, 26h x 37w in (66.04h x 93.98w cm)

Press Release

Alexander Gray Associates

Lorraine O’Grady’s iconic series, Miscegenated Family Album is her 1994 photo-installation of cibachrome diptychs. Originating from her 1980 performance work, Nefertiti/Devonia Evangeline, this 16-part photographic series juxtaposes appropriated images from O’Grady’s family history with images of iconic Ancient Egyptian sculptures. The image pairs draw uncanny aesthetic parallels, while weaving together narratives that connect personal stories with historical events.

The installation has appeared in exhibitions at numerous venues, including The Art Institute of Chicago; the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; and the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark. The exhibition at Alexander Gray Associates was the first time the entire series was shown in New York.