The SCAD Museum of Art presents the annual Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Lecture featuring this year's speaker, esteemed exhibiting artist Lorraine O'Grady. Coinciding with her exhibition "From Me to Them to Me Again," O'Grady will speak about the diptych as an enduring form and conceptual device in her practice, with particular reference to a new series of haiku diptychs created by radically selecting and recombining individual panels from her earlier series of newspaper poems "Cutting Out the New York Times," to achieve a totally new work in intellectual intention and aesthetic scope, published in 2017 as the large-scale editioned prints of her new series "Cutting Out CONYT." "From Me to Them to Me Again" is on view at the SCAD Museum of Art Sept. 20, 2018 through Jan. 13, 2019. Stay after the lecture for a reception honoring O'Grady and her new exhibition.
O'Grady is an artist and critic whose installations, performances and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity and black female subjectivity, with special reference to the role these have played in the history of modernism. The New York Times in 2006 called O'Grady "one of the most interesting American conceptual artists around." And in 2007 "Mlle Bourgeoise Noire," her landmark 1980 performance initiated five years before the founding of the anonymous feminist art collective the Guerrilla Girls, was made an entry point to "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution," the first major museum exhibition of this groundbreaking art movement. Since then, O'Grady's career has expanded exponentially with inclusions in such significant group shows as the Whitney Biennial; the Paris Triennale; "This Will have Been: Art Love and Politics in the 1980s," Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois; "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, " Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Texas; and "'En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean," Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Louisiana and with acquisitions by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others.
The lecture and exhibition are supported by an endowment received from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation.