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MFA Boston Presents "Lorraine O'Grady: Family Gained"



Aug 11 2018 - Dec 02 2018


LOCATION

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA

Discipline

Visual Arts

When the Boston-born, New York–based artist Lorraine O’Grady (born 1934) visited Egypt in her 20s, two years after the unexpected death of her sister, she found herself surrounded for the first time by people who looked like her. While walking the streets of Cairo, the loss of her only sibling, Devonia, became confounded with the image of “a larger family gained.” Upon returning to the US, O’Grady began painstaking research on ancient Egypt, particularly the Amarna period of Nefertiti and Akhenaton, finding narrative and visual resemblances between their family and her own.

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