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Lorna Simpson

Born in Brooklyn, NY, 1960
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Day 19: Lorna Simpson

Throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s, Lorna Simpson’s seductive photography and paintings concentrated on themes of race, gender, and sexuality. She would often pair strategically cropped images of women’s body parts alongside enigmatic text.  In January 2011, Simpson offered a very different kind of photo-based work, with the exhibition Gathered at the Brooklyn Museum.

Watch as Simpson talks about the making of Gathered and the relationship between fact and fiction.

Video by the Brooklyn Museum

Education

1985 M.F.A., University of California, San Diego, CA
1983 B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 Lorna Simpson, Nathalie Obadia Galerie, Paris, France
2008 Ink, Salon 94, New York, NY [cat.]
2007 Lorna Simpson: Duet, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]
2006 Lorna Simpson, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; traveled to Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts,
Kalamazoo, MI; Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC [cat.]
2005 Lorna Simpson: 31, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
2004 Lorna Simpson: 31, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Lorna Simpson: Corridor, Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany
Lorna Simpson: Videos / Photographies, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
Lorna Simpson: Photoworks and Films 1986-2002, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland [cat.]
2002 Lorna Simpson, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Lorna Simpson, Cameos and Appearances, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY [cat.]

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 Dress Codes, International Center for Photography, New York, NY.
Nos, Museu da Republica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Undercover, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.
Locks in Translation, A.I.R. Gallery II, Brooklyn, NY.
2008 Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, New
York, NY [cat.]
2007 Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, Spelman College
Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta GA; traveling to Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX [cat.]
2006 Masquerade: Representation and the Self in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney,
Australia [cat.]
2005 Contemporary Voices: Works from The UBS Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, The Brown Foundation Gallery, Contemporary
Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX [cat.]
2004 PUBLIC/PRIVATE: Tumatanui/Tumataiti, 2nd Auckland Triennial, Auckland, New Zealand [cat.]
Depicting Love, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany [cat.]
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY [cat.]
2003 Whitney Biennial 2002, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL [cat.]

Selected Collections

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



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