PRINT January 1992

Black Women Directors

Lorraine O'Grady

This week, editor-in-chief David Velasco looks at artist Lorraine O’Grady’s essay “The Cave: Black Women Directors” from January 1992. On the occasion of her first retrospective, “Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And,” opening at the Brooklyn Museum on March 5th, Artforum celebrates the artist and her work in our latest issue, which goes live today.

No one delivers like Lorraine O’Grady. “From mass culture to high culture, white woman may have been objects of the fetishizing gaze, but black women have had only the blank stare,” she writes, preparing us for her lucid dive into the conditions of Black women’s