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Lorraine O’Grady: Ask Me Anything About Aging

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Organized on the occasion of “Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room,” this event will consider the benefits of intergenerational word-of-mouth information and strategy sharing among women. In an intimate conversation, artist Lorraine O’Grady will field questions about aging. To have your questions on aging considered by O’Grady for this event, please send an email to with the subject line “Question on Aging for Lorraine O’Grady” by August 1.

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.


“Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room” is made possible by support provided by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.

Artist commissions at the New Museum are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund. Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert.

Further exhibition support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Special thanks to A Blade of Grass.

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