Lorraine O’Grady was born in Boston in 1934 to West Indian parents. O'Grady studied economics and literature at Wellesley College before becoming an artist in 1980. Her work includes installations, performances, and texts that address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. The New York Times in 2006 called her “one of the most interesting American conceptual artists around.” And in 2007 her landmark performance, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, was made one of the entry points to WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, the first-ever museum exhibit of this major art movement.