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Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-005
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
...Mlle Bourgeoise Noire 1955 (1981) Mlle Bourgeoise Noire 1955 is the earliest appearance of O Grady s best- known performance character a guerrilla action that took place on June 5, 1980, at Just Above Midtown/Downtown. At jam, one of the country s only black avant- garde art galleries at the time...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
...Mlle Bourgeoise Noire and Feminism (2007) This statement was written for the audio tour of wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution, a groundbreaking show of feminist art orga- nized by curator Connie Butler at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In it, O Grady discusses her search...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-044
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
...The Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Project, 1980 1983 (2018) To mark the opening at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Ameri- can Art of Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, an exhibi- tion organized by Tate Modern curators Zoe Whitley and Mark Godfrey, O Grady delivered the following remarks about...
Published: 30 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... Basquiat and his friends being stopped by the police), 1983 196 Figure 15 Marc S. Eisenberg, Self- Portrait, 1975 196 Figure 16 George Mingo, Untitled painted sketch, 1983 197 Figure 17 Lorraine O Grady, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire in Karate Outfit, with White Gloves Pinned to Her Chest, photo- document from...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-049
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... center of self, rejected by, 105; double consciousness, xxviii, 121, 233; as first postmoderns, xxviii, 58, 105 6, 111, 161; online presentation of self, 147; and self- representation, 161 62; and white world recognition, 81; black male/white female, 229 30; and Africa, 234; on Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, 158...
Published: 30 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... had done other ballerinas. She used the same material but did it as a black ballerina. I think it was in 1976. o graDy I think I saw this in 1979. My first piece was in 1980, when I came out as Mlle Bourgeoise Noire. The piece, in which I was wearing a gown and a cape made of 180 pairs of white gloves...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-281
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... Rights Society (ars), New York. Plate 3 Lorraine O Grady, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire and Her Master of Ceremonies Enter the New Museum. Image #2 of Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Goes to the New Museum, 1981, a fourteen- piece photo- document performance instal- lation, 1981/2007. Variously sized digital prints...
Published: 30 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... for the Departments of Labor and State, a commercial trans- lator with her own company, and even as a rock critic for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice. Her first public art work, the well- known performance Mlle Bourgeoise Noire (1980 83), which critiqued the segregated art world of the time, was done initially...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... Alpha, and everyone assumed I would go aka, I didn t. I refused to have anything to do with that sort of thing. The irony is, here I d refused the cotillion, refused the sorority, but when I created Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, a satirical international beauty pageant winner with a gown and cape made of one...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-043
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... now were it not for my website. But you know, to have just appeared in WacK! with Mlle Bourgeoise Noire s gown, I would have been a one- hit wonder. I thought having the website up with my other artwork and my writings avail- able would make it more possible for me to be recuperated by a new genera...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-037
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
...The Black and White Show, 1982 (2009) In 2009, O Grady created this artist portfolio to document one of her important early works: The Black and White Show, which O Grady curated in the guise of Mlle Bourgeoise Noire at Kenke- leba Gallery in 1983. The exhibition, which included twenty- eight...
Published: 30 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
...Credits Mlle Bourgeoise Noire 1955 first appeared in High Performance #14 4, no. 2 (Summer 1981). Nefertiti/Devonia Evangeline, 1980 first appeared in caa s Art Journal, Winter 1997. Interview with Cecilia Alemani: Living Symbols of New Epochs first appeared in Mousse, no. 24 (Summer 2010...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-039
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... white standards of excellence outside the art world had insulated her. In concrete terms, it is represented in the difference between her first artwork Cutting Out the New York Times (conyt) (1977), which was an attempt to find a private poetry in public language and the Mlle Bourgeoise Noire project...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-011
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... and State) . . . But certainly no one is going to go out and man the barricades after see- ing a piece by me (at least, none that I ve produced so far). My work is too complex for that kind of response. And where the critique gets most specific, the audience is often most limited (as in Mlle Bourgeoise...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-038
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... 1 Text Reference: Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Event elizabeth schambelan When did you come up with the concept for The Black and White Show, and do you remember what the specific impetus was, if there was one? Or was it a more generalized response, as you suggest below, to the virtually segregated art...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-048
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... Rights Society (ars), New York. Plate 3 Lorraine O Grady, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire and Her Master of Ceremonies Enter the New Museum. Image #2 of Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Goes to the New Museum, 1981, a fourteen- piece photo- document performance instal- lation, 1981/2007. Variously sized digital prints...
Published: 30 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... they would not see themselves there. A Day at the Races 173 Keith Haring, a former student of mine, introduced us. I think Jean- Michel agreed to be in the show both because of Keith and because I d sent him documentation of my performance persona, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, and he d thought she was great...
Published: 30 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... refused the cotillion, refused the sorority, but when I created Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, a satirical international beauty pageant winner with a gown and cape made of one hundred eighty pairs of white gloves, she was described by critics as a debutante. I guess I was doing those rituals in my own way in my...
Published: 30 October 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
.... The first was in 1980 to Linda Goode Bryant, founder- director of Just Above Midtown gallery, who could easily have pulled away from me and Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, given the subject matter, but instead embraced me and her and helped us go further. Linda provided an indelible example of how a commitment...
Published: 30 October 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478012658-013
EISBN: 978-1-4780-1265-8
... or thinking literarily; but for now, performance is the way I write most effectively. To me, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire is actually a didactic essay written in space, while the form of Nefertiti/Devonia Evangeline approximates that of a book a family photo album, interlaced with personal reminiscence and ritual...