Organized on the occasion of “Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room,” this event considered the benefits of intergenerational word-of-mouth information and strategy sharing among women. In an intimate conversation, artist Lorraine O’Grady will fielded questions about aging. Participants were invited to send an email to O'Grady in advance of the event.
O’Grady first identified as an artist when she was in her forties, making her first public artwork in 1980 after previous careers as an intelligence analyst for the US government, a literature translator, and a rock critic. O’Grady’s performance Mlle Bourgeoise Noire(1980–83) has long been considered a landmark of identity-based institutional critique, and widespread recognition of her importance as a Conceptual artist has grown over the last decade. Often employing her own autobiography to consider black female subjectivities and identity construction within the social and political structures of art and the world at large, O’Grady brings sharp focus to the experience of aging.