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Miscegenated Family Album

Lorraine O'Grady

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Modern Artists and Ancient Egypt

Lorraine O’Grady uses ancient Egyptian art to explore contemporary issues.


Artists from many times and places have been inspired by the heritage of ancient Egypt to make new works that speak to their own time. Displaying works like this within the Egyptian Galleries allows visitors to participate in the ongoing dialogue that artists have pursued with the ancients, as they have expressed their stake in ancient history and its continuing relevance.

Lorraine O’Grady’s photographs grew out of a 1980 performance called Nefertiti/Devonia Evangeline, which took place in front of a series of projected images similar to the ones seen here. The work examined the troubled relationship between O’Grady and her deceased sister, Devonia Evangeline, through juxtaposed portraits of the Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Mutnedjmet, of a later reign, proposed by some scholars to be Nefertiti’s sister. Though the subject matter is deeply personal, it allows O’Grady to address issues of class, racism, ethnography, and African American art. Thus, as the artist says, her work attempts to “make the historic personal and the personal historic.”
MEDIUM Silver dye bleach photograph (Cibachrome)
DATES 1994
DIMENSIONS 32 prints each: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Frame: 38 1/8 x 27 1/2 in. (96.8 x 69.9 cm)  (show scale)
ACCESSION NUMBER 2008.80
EDITION Edition: 6/8
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by John and Barbara Vogelstein and Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons and bequest of Richard J. Kempe, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Lorraine O'Grady
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CAPTION Lorraine O'Grady (American, born 1934). Miscegenated Family Album, 1994. Silver dye bleach photograph (Cibachrome), 32 prints each: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by John and Barbara Vogelstein and Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons and bequest of Richard J. Kempe, by exchange, 2008.80. © Lorraine O'Grady
IMAGE installation, CUR.2008.80.jpg. Image courtesy of Gracie Mansion Gallery
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 32 photographs in pairs - 16 frame units
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (85%)
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