Press Release

October 23, 2013

Lorna Simpson's "Double Portrait" is Newest Addition to Lincoln Center's Vera List Art Project

Visual Art and Exhibitions

DATE: October 23, 2013

PRESS CONTACT: Marian Skokan, 212-875-5386

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It is the Third Work Commissioned by Lincoln Center to Mark the

50th Anniversary of the Project

The third work commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Vera List Art Project, Lorna Simpson’s Double Portrait, will be released on October 23, it was announced today by Karen Davidson, Director of Visual Art. The silkscreen print on felt panel, which overall measures 34-1/2” X 40”, is a continuation of the artist’s recent collage series based on advertisements found in Ebony and Jet magazines from the 1930s through 1970s. Simpson regards these publications as important archives of American life. In the work, the portraits of two women taken from an Ebony advertisement are printed as a silkscreen on panels of felt, and make reference to the before and after shots found within many magazines of the time. In the ad, the women act out two versions of emotional state, much in the way that performers bring characters to life every night on Lincoln Center stages.

Double Portrait is the first work from Simpson’s current collage series to be printed on felt, a material which the artist has experimented with since the mid-1990s. Working with master printer Luther Davis of Axelle Editions, Simpson has created a silkscreen print which resembles a watercolor, collage and print, all on starched and pressed felt.

Double Portrait is available in a limited edition of 27 prints. Visit to view it and the complete collection and to purchase prints and posters. You may also view works by appointment, by emailing [email protected] or calling 212.875.5061.

See a short video with the artist and master printer Luther Davis at

One of the longest continuously publishing print programs in the United States, the Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. It was established in 1962 by philanthropists Vera and Albert List as a way to both support the visual arts and raise funds for Lincoln Center. Since the inception of the program, Lincoln Center has commissioned more than 125 major artists of the time to create works available for sale to the public.

The two other works commissioned for the List Project’s 50th Anniversary are Donald Baechler’s Lincoln Center Globe, 2011, and Barbara Kruger’s Culture Vulture, 2012. Lincoln Center’s Vera List Art Project, continues the legacy of program founder Vera List, to bring the work of world-class visual artists to Lincoln Center.

Lorna Simpson

Double Portrait, 2013

Silkscreen on felt panel


Left panel 22 color/screens; Right panel 20 color/screens

Edition of 27

Each: 34 ½” x 20”; Overall: 34 ½” x 40”

Printer: Luther Davis / Axelle Fine Arts, Brooklyn, NY

About Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson first came to prominence mid-1980s for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history and memory. With the African-American woman as a visual point of departure, Simpson uses the figure to examine the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships and experiences of our lives in contemporary multi-racial America. In the mid- 1990s, she began creating large multi-panel photographs printed on felt that depict the sites of public—yet unseen—encounters. More recently, she has turned to moving images—in film and video works such as Call Waiting—where Simpson presents individuals engaged in intimate and enigmatic yet elliptical conversations that elude easy interpretation but seem to address the mysteries of both identity and desire. She recently began a project involving an archive of photographs from the 1950s, which she has been adding to by creating her own replicas of these images, posing herself to mimic the originals.

Lorna Simpson was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, and received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. When Simpson emerged from the graduate program at San Diego in 1985, she was already considered a pioneer of conceptual photography. Feeling a strong need to re-examine and re-define photographic practice for contemporary relevance, Simpson was producing work that engaged the conceptual vocabulary of the time by creating exquisitely crafted documents that are as clean and spare as the closed, cyclic systems of meaning they produce. Her initial body of work alone helped to incite a significant shift in the view of the photographic art’s transience and malleability.

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Simpson has participated in such important international exhibitions as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany. She has been the subject of numerous articles, catalogue essays, and a monograph published by Phaidon Press. Simpson's first mid-career survey was exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, traveling to the Miami Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and the Gibbes Museum in South Carolina. She had solo exhibitions in New York, in 2008 and Paris in 2009. In 2010, she was the recipient of the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award in Art and in 2011, an exhibition of her conceptual photographic work, Gathered, was presented at the Brooklyn Museum.

In summer 2013, Simpson was artist in residence and had an exhibition at the Aspen Museum of Art. In spring, 2013, she had her first major European retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. That exhibition was co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and will travel to the Haus der Kunst, Munich, where it will be on display from October 25, 2013 to February 2, 2014.

For more information about the artist visit:

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.

The Vera List Art Project was created with a gift from Albert and Vera List.

Major support for the List Art Project is provided by Agnes Gund.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

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William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center.






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