Long before her coming out as the notorious Mlle Bourgeois Noire in 1980 and even longer before the art-world took notice, Lorraine O’Grady was making clip-out poetry from the New York Times. Twenty-six works, of what she called counter-confessional poetry, are now on view at Alexander Gray in form of “Haiku-diptychs”. What had been created between June 5 and November 20, 1977 is as relevant today as it was at its time of conception – if not more so. Although politics in art has recently taken center stage, Lorraine O’Grady’s multi-disciplinary art practice has been political for decades. Marginalization, invisibility and the subjectivation of the black female body, these are just some of the urgent topics that were front-page news then and are still today…Futurists believe that art has the power to change the world, even when it means speaking out of turn. Throughout her career, Lorraine O’Grady has been speaking when it was not her turn to speak. It’s time we listened. At Alexander Gray through December 15.