Artist Lorna Simpson
Artist Lorna Simpson
One of the leading artists of her generation, Lorna Simpson has become well known for her examination of racial and gender identity through large-scale photograph and text works that are formally elegant and subtly provocative.

Her signature works focus on the black female figure and are often accompanied by fragmentary texts. Recently, the artist has created a number of film and video works featuring people of color engaging in intimate, yet incomplete conversations that seem to plumb the mysteries of identity and desire but elude easy interpretation.

This important exhibition will be the first mid-career survey of Simpson’s work to date and provides a comprehensive examination of her photographs and films.

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., the Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation, Emily Fisher Landau, and The Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation.

In Miami, the exhibition is coordinated by Assistant Director for Special Programs/Curator Lorie Mertes. The exhibition is supported by MAM’s Annual Exhibition Fund.

Featured works:

1. 1978-88, 1990
4 gelatin silver prints, 13 engraved plastic plaques
Photographs 49 x 17 inches each (framed), 49 x 70 inches overall
Collection Gregory R. Miller, New York

2. Waterbearer, 1986
Gelatin silver print, vinyl lettering
Photograph 45 x 77 x 1 ½ inches (framed), 55 x 77 x 1 ½ inches overall
Collection Sean and Mary Kelly, New York

3. She, 1992
4 Polaroid prints, 1 engraved plastic plaque
29 x 85 ¼ inches overall
Collection Jack and Sandra Guthman, Chicago

4. Twenty Questions (A Sampler), 1986
4 gelatin silver prints, 6 engraved plastic plaques
Photographs 24 inches each (diameter), 99 inches overall
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

5. Call Waiting, 1997
Video installation, 16mm black-and-white film
transferred to DVD
13 minutes, 11 seconds, sound
12 silver gelatin prints with silk-screened texts
20 x 16 inches each
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery,
New York

6. Interior/Exterior, Full/Empty, 1997
Video installation, 7 channel DVD projection
of 16 mm black-and-white film
20 minutes, sound
18 gelatin silver prints with silk-screened texts
20 x 16 inches each
Video installation commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts
at the Ohio State University
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery,
New York

*7. Corridor (Phone), 2003
Digital chromatic print mounted to Plexiglas
27 x 72 inches
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

8. The Rock, 1995
Serigraph on 12 felt panels with 2 felt text panels
100 ½ x 89 ½ inches
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery,
New York

9. The Staircase, 1998
Serigraph on 6 felt panels with felt text panel
66 x 66 inches overall
Collection Mark and Nedra Oren, Miami

10. Cloud, 2005
Serigraph on 9 felt panels
84 x 84 inches overall
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

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