Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O’Grady
Presented by Performa Institute
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:30 pm
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street, New York
Portrait of the Artist: Lorraine O’Grady is the first in a new series of public events presented by the Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa that focuses on exploring the historical context and significance of artists who work across a broad range of disciplines, from the 1960s to the present. The inaugural event will examine the remarkable work and life of artist Lorraine O’Grady in the context of feminism, politics, and art of the 1980s and today. Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, will present an in-depth look at the aritst followed by a conversation with O’Grady.
In addition to her work as a visual artist, OʼGrady has also made innovative contributions to cultural criticism with her writings, including the now canonical article, Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity. O’Grady’s work is included in La Triennale, “Intense Proximity,” curated by Okwui Enwezor (2012) in Paris, France. O’Grady was featured in 2011 in Rose O’Grady at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, and in the Prospect.2 New Orleans biennial and was selected for the 2010 Whitney Biennial as well as for that year’s Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain. In 2007, she was in the landmark exhibition, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, organized by Connie Butler for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, and was a resident artist at Artpace San Antonio, TX. O’Grady has received numerous awards, most recently an Art Matters grant, and in 2011 was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow. Lorraine O’Grady is represented by Alexander Gray Associates, New York.
Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, followed by Performa 07 (2007), and Performa 09 (2009). In 2011, Performa presented its fourth biennial, Performa 11 (November 1–21, 2011).
Lorraine O’Grady Related Events
Apr 23, 2012: Performance with Adam Pendleton at Museum of Modern Art, New York
May 9, 2012: Performance with Adam Pendleton, in concert with the Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran installation, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
May 10, 2012: Conversation with Linda Goode-Bryant, in concurrence with the exhibition Shift, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Alexander Gray Associates is a contemporary art gallery based in New York. The gallery has established a profile for high-quality exhibitions focused on mid- career artists who emerged in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Influential in political, social and cultural spheres, these artists are notable for creating work that crosses geographic borders, generational contexts and artistic disciplines.
Alexander Gray Associates
508 West 26 Street #215, New York NY 10001
Telephone: 212 399 2636 Fax: 212 399 2684
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Lorraine O’Grady: New Worlds: April 11 – May 19, 2012
Luis Camnitzer: September 5 – October 13, 2012
Melvin Edwards: October 24 – December 8, 2012
Upcoming Art Fairs
Frieze New York: May 4 – 7, 2012
Art 43 Basel: June 14 – 17, 2012