Speaking Out of Turn: Lorraine O'Grady and the Art of Language

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Univ of California Press, Aug 24, 2021 - Art - 264 pages
Speaking Out of Turn is the first monograph dedicated to the forty-year oeuvre of feminist conceptual artist Lorraine O’Grady. Examining O’Grady’s use of language, both written and spoken, Stephanie Sparling Williams charts the artist’s strategic use of direct address—the dialectic posture her art takes in relationship to its viewers—to trouble the field of vision and claim a voice in the late 1970s through the 1990s, when her voice was seen as “out of turn” in the art world. Speaking Out of Turn situates O’Grady’s significant contributions within the history of American conceptualism and performance art while also attending to the work’s heightened visibility in the contemporary moment, revealing both the marginalization of O’Grady in the past and an urgent need to revisit her art in the present.
 

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Contents

Mark My Words
25
I Am Not a Performance Artist
61
Manifestos and Mythmaking
99
The Diptych and Spatial Narrative
127
Conclusion
161
Bibliography
203
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About the author (2021)

Stephanie Sparling Williams is Associate Curator at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and Visiting Faculty in Art History at Mount Holyoke College.

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