Since the mid-1980s, Lorna Simpson has produced photographs, drawings, and videos that
juxtapose the figure with text and narrative. Simpson’s highly conceptual work has long dealt with
conventional viewings and performances of racial and sexual politics. Departing from normative
values and the status quo, Simpson reveals that culture and history are constructed and performed;
gesturing towards a more complex viewing of Black subject vs. Black artist and an equally complex
understanding of the self.