Cutting Out The New York Times is a series of 26 “cut-out” or “found” newspaper poems made by O’Grady on successive Sundays, from June 5 to November 20, 1977.
Lorraine O’Grady presented a lecture at the SCAD Museum of Art discussing herself as an artist and as well as her body of work “Cutting Out The New York Times.”
Cutting Out The New York Times was done in a moment of psychological and physical trauma and was started while browsing the Sunday New York Times to make a thank-you collage for her doctor. She’d involuntarily wondered: “what if, unlike Tzara and Breton’s random newspaper poems, she forced randomness back to meaning, rescued a personal sensibility from the public language that had swamped it, might she not get — rather than Plath and Sexton’s confessional poetry which made the private public — a “counter-confessional” poetry that could make the public private again?”
Lorraine forgot about the cutouts until Nick Mauss’s studio visit 30 years later, where she restarted the project and brought her cut outs to SCAD Museum of Art.