As one of contemporary art’s leading figures, Lorna Simpson began developing a practice in the 1980s that defies the conventions of gender, identity, culture and memory. Her videos, films and photographs—usually in black and white and often incorporating text—examine the ways in which black women are viewed and how they perceive themselves, raising questions about the relationship between image and self-construction.

Portait of Lorna Simpson.
Photo: James Wang (2016)