Lorraine O’Grady (b. 1934, Boston, Massachusetts) is an artist and critic whose installations, performances and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity and black female subjectivity, with special reference to the role these ideas have played in the history of Modernism. Her work challenges what is agreed upon as a march towards dismantling accepted social concepts. She gained widespread recognition as a conceptual artist over the last decade for her impressive range of black expression born out of diverse histories of oppression and struggle. O’Grady’s photographic and film artwork in the permanent collection is considered some of the most important of her career.