Lorraine O’Grady is a conceptual artist and cultural critic. The exhibition, Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And, opening this week at the Brooklyn Museum, is the first retrospective of over four decades of work. Her work often explores the ways in which hybridity has shaped the modern Western world.
In 1983, O’Grady invited 28 artists, 14 of whom were Black and 14 white, to participate in her exhibition and conceptual art piece, The Black and White Show, including Keith Haring. The exhibition was a response to the intransigent segregation of the art world, and its purpose was to materialize equality.
The exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum highlights O’Grady’s long engagement with art historical omissions and institutional failings related to those excluded from the canon.