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Miscegenated Family Album

Lorraine O'Grady

Lorraine O’Grady’s Miscegenated Family Album 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 piece examined the troubled relationship between O’Grady and her dead sister, Devonia Evangeline, by way of juxtaposed portraits of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti and her sister Mutnedjmet. (The Brooklyn Museum has a large collection of similar Egyptian New Kingdom relief sculpture on view in the galleries of ancient Egyptian art on the third floor.) O’Grady found not only a physical resemblance between Nefertiti and her sister but also uncanny similarities in their stories: both died or disappeared in their mid-thirties. Though the subject matter is deeply personal, it allows O’Grady to address issues of class, racism, ethnography, and African American art. Thus, the artist attempts in her own words 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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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
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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
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