Lorraine O'Grady. Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire). 1980-83⁄2009 | MoMA

These photographs document a guerrilla performance in which O'Grady transformed into Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, a fictitious persona who, twenty-five years after winning an international beauty pageant in French Guiana, has invaded New York's downtown art world. Inspired by the artist's middle-class Jamaican origins, O'Grady's alter ego draws from symbols of both societal acceptance and racial oppression.

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