24 2022

A Conversation with Lorraine O'Grady

5:30PM - 6:30PM  

Weatherspoon Art Museum UNC Greensboro
500 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC

(336) 334-5770

Join us in person as we live stream this virtual event, and view the exhibition afterwards. (Guest speakers will not be present.)

Public Viewing Party, 5:30 p.m.
Weatherspoon Art Museum – Museum Auditorium

UNC Greensboro
500 Tate Street, Greensboro

Artist Lorraine O’Grady will talk with acclaimed Durham-based poet, independent scholar, and activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs. This event is generously supported by the Ruth Beesch Lecture Fund.

REGISTER HERE for the virtual program. Registration is not required for the in-person "Public Viewing Party" at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Raised in Boston by middle-class Jamaican immigrant parents and educated at Wellesley College, Lorraine O’Grady began her career as a visual artist at the age of forty-five. She had spent years working as an intelligence analyst for the United States government, a translator, a rock music critic for The Village Voice and Rolling Stone, and a literature instructor at the School of Visual Arts. In part, her encounter with the Just Above Midtown (JAM) gallery in the late 1970s (and its community of African-American artists and other artists of color) prompted her to begin her artistic career. Some of her most important early performances were attempts to lay bare what she recognized as the art world’s deeply segregated nature. At the same time, O’Grady has continually imagined her own history, body, relationships, and biography within a cultural landscape that often erases or obscures Black female subjectivity.

Sponsor: Bank of America