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Lorraine O'Grady

O'Grady: MUMOK; May 6 – September 3, 2017
Image: Untitled (Mlle Burgeoise Noire), 1980–83/2009, detail

Lorraine O'Grady included in the exhibition Woman: Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s curated by Gabriele Schor and Eva Badura-Triska at Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK), Vienna.

With an exhibition of works from the Sammlung Verbund Collection, MUMOK is presenting one of the most important phenomena in the art history of the 1970s—the emancipation of women artists, who for the first time in the history of art began to create their own new and collective self-determined image of women in an art world dominated by men. In line with the slogan “the private is political,” these artists reflected on stereotypical social expectations in their works. The exhibition is divided into four sections: breaking out of one-dimensional role ascriptions as mother, housewife and wife, role-plays, the normativity of beauty, and female sexuality. Many of the artists represented here moved away from the male-dominated genre of painting and turned to historically less predetermined media like photography, video, film, and performance.