Friday, May 20, 2011

Artist You Should Know: Lorna Simpson

Ebony (6), 2010.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
April 16 - July 10, 2006
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
March 1 - May 6, 2007.

I learned about this sista in college late last year . It's not often do you read about a black, woman artist, particularly one still living, in school textbooks so I took special interest in her.
She was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, and received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. When Simpson emerged from the graduate program at San Diego in 1985, she was already considered a pioneer of conceptual photography.  Lorna Simpson first became well-known in the mid-1980s.
Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Miami Art Museum; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. She has participated in such important international exhibitions as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany. She has been the subject of numerous articles, catalogue essays, and a monograph published by Phaidon Press. Simpson's first mid-career survey was exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Miami Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and the Gibbes Museum in South Carolina. Of late, she had a solo exhibition at Salon94, New York, in 2008 and a solo exhibition at Obadia Galerie, Paris, in 2009. In 2010, she is the recipient of the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award in Art.

Her latest work is called Gathered and is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

 Hear Lorna discuss her process for her latest work.

Learn more about Lorna Simpson at her website.


  1. I have never heard about this artist and I am so glad that you shared! She looks like an amazing artist!

  2. Classy Career Girl, I am glad you liked it. Lorna Simpson is really amazing. Btw, great blog you have!