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Lorna Simpson


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                                         an artist for change

                                   Research and Presentation
                                     by Lauren M. Dunning
Lorna Simpson was
born in 1960 in
Brooklyn, New York.

    She received her
BFA in Photography
from the School of
Visual Arts, New York,
and her MFA from the
University of California,
San Diego.
•   20-year retrospective of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in her
    hometown of New York City (2007)

•   Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, ICP -
    International Center of Photography, New York City, NY

•   Mixed Emotions, Apuntes para une coleccion del signlo XXI, DA2 -
    Domus Artium 2002 Salamanca

•   Beauty and the Blonde: An Exploration of American Art and Popular
    Culture, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO

•   the BIG picture, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

•   Lorna Simpson, American Federation of the Arts traveling show, the
    Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Miami Art Museum,
    Miami, FL.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the
    Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC (solo)
   Lorna Simpson
     In the 1980s, Simpson entered the fine art
scene with large-scale photographs and text
works that challenged conventional views of
identity, culture, history, and gender. As her
work transitioned into panel photos printed on
felt, Simpson’s view also began to point toward
the public to confront the viewer about the
underlying racism still found in American culture.
This can be found in works where she uses
repetitive words and cropped images of women
and occasionally of men. Now a days, she is
incorporating video installations and the moving
figure into her work.
Water Bearer; Gelatin Silver Print; 54.5 x 81 in. / 138.4 x
                     205.7 cm.; 1986.
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Untitled (2 Necklines); 2 gelatin silver prints, 11 engraved plastic
 plaques photographs 36 inches each, 40 by 100 inches overall,
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The Park; Serigraph on 6 felt panels with 2 text panel; 1995.
The Car; Serigraph on felt (in 12 parts); 34 x 26 in. / 86.4
                       x 66 cm.; 1995.
Details; Photographs; 10 x 8 in./ 25.4 x 20.3 cm.; 1996.
From the video installation “Call Waiting;” gelatin silver print with
                      silk-screened text; 1997.
Backdrops circa 1940’s; Screen of 2 felt panels; 26 x 33.5
                  in./66 x 85.1cm.; 1998.
Easy to Remember; video installation, 16mm blanc-and-white
   film transferred to DVD, 2 minutes, 35 seconds, sound,;
                  2001. Located at LA MOCA
Corridor (Phone); digital chromatic mounted to Plexiglas;
Corridor - Split; Cibachrome print; 22.7 x 45.2 in. / 57.7 x
                       114.9 cm.; 2003.
      You may find Simpson at
Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles
A Word of Art
The New York Times - Exploring Identity as a Problematic Condition by Holland Cotter
International Center for Photography

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