Adrian Piper (1948) Artist and philosopher. Conceptual artist whose provocative work addresses ostracism, otherness, racial "passing" and racism. Her work is influenced by her exploration of her own struggles with racial identity and address her multiracial background. She produced several confrontational performance pieces including, The Mythic Being (1972–81), in which she filmed herself walking the streets of New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a light-skinned African American man with a mustache and an afro and wearing sunglasses. She repeated memorized phrases from her personal journals and challenged passers-by to categorize her by race, gender, and class. This work helped establish Piper’s reputation in the art world.