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Lorraine O'Grady

The Strange Taxi: From Africa to Jamaica to Boston in 200 Years, 1991

Lorraine O'Grady's The Strange Taxi, Stretched on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA.

The institution's press release follows: 

In The Strange Taxi, female members of O’Grady’s family—her mother, Lena, second from left, and three maternal and paternal aunts—emerge through the roof of a New England mansion to show black women escaping from the limitations placed on them in post-World War I Boston, when domestic service was  virtually the only employment available to them. In the stretched version of The Strange Taxi for the Gardner, O’Grady was able to double the height of the sky above them, metaphorically giving the women (and their descendants) expanded room to grow.

The Strange Taxi, Stretched
January 14 – May 19, 2020
Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston, MA