Lorraine O’Grady is an artist and critic whose influential work explores themes of “diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity”. Born in Boston to Jamaican immigrants, O’Grady experienced a unique perspective on race and class that informed her work throughout her career. After graduating from Wellesley College with a major in Economics and a minor in Spanish, and spending some time studying writing, O’Grady moved to New York to pursue art.
Her work is primarily conceptual, consisting of “…performance, photo-installation, video and other media [in order to] address personal and cultural issues such as diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity from the perspective of art criticism.” O’Grady went on to be a featured artist in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution and is still living and working in NY.
Learn more about the artist and her work below:
The great James Earl Jones early in his career. I saw him for the first time as boxer Jack Johnson in “The Great White Hope”. The man with the incredible screen voice turned to drama to help him with a speech impediment as a child.
Have I put this up on my blog before?
Fuck it, here it is again.
I love her.
Let me tell you, this woman is PERFECT. She speaks THE WHOLE ENTIRE TRUTH at all times. Every moment. Of every day.
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)