Lorna Simpson (2002-02-22)

Lorna Simpson
Practice: Photography, Video, and Sound Installation
Date of Lecture: 2002-02-22

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After completing her education at The School of Visual Arts in New York, Brooklyn-based artist Lorna Simpson began her career as a documentary photographer. Working from a foundation of social and political concerns, she emerged in the mid-1980s with innovative photo-based works that explored issues ranging from racial/sexual identity, notions of the body and interpersonal relationships. Her enigmatic combinations of image and text take the form of open-ended questions that implicate the viewer’s individual experiences of the issues she has raised. Her inventive photographic pieces are often printed on unconventional materials like felt and incorporate materials such as human hair. Most recently, Simpson has begun to create installations using film and video projection. In her exhibition Scenarios: Recent Work by Lorna Simpson, circulated by the Walker Art Center, the artist used film to explore issues of image and language using a narrative structure.

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Untitled, 1989 Three Color Polaroid prints

Simpson’s work is collected and published worldwide. She currently teaches at Cooper Union in New York City.

Additional Link: http://lsimpsonstudio.com/