Lorraine O'Grady papers
Scope and Content
- O'Grady, Lorraine (Person)
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O'Grady was born on September 21, 1934 in Boston. She was educated at the Girls' Latin School in Boston and graduated from Wellesley College in 1955 with a degree in economics and Spanish literature. She also attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop from 1965 to 1967 to pursue an MFA in fiction.
O'Grady pursued several career paths. From 1956 until the mid-1960s, she worked for the United States Government. She wrote studies on labor conditions in foreign countries during her time as a research economist at the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. She was a specialist in Cuba, Central America, and French-speaking African countries at the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence Research.
O'Grady was a translator and businesswoman. From 1968 to 1969, she managed the Mary Baldwin Translation Bureau. She then founded and ran the translation agency Freeman Associates, with top clients including Playboy Magazine and Encyclopedia Britannica. In 1989, she founded Urse Fraser Incorporated which held contracts with Citibank, among others.
During the 1970s, O'Grady also worked as a freelance journalist, writing music reviews for publications such as the Village Voice.
O'Grady did not come to art until the late 1970s. Her work includes both photograph installations and performances. She has also curated exhibitions and has written extensively about the art world in prominent journals. Major collections include Thomas Erben, Eileen Harris Norton and Peter Norton, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Rose Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums.
She currently lives and works in New York City, represented by Alexander Gray Associates.
72 Linear Feet (60 file boxes and 33 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials
- Lorraine O'Grady papers, 1940-2015: a guide.
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