Renee Cox Essay

654 Words Dec 2nd, 2012 3 Pages
Renee Cox, age 51, is a Jamaican-American artist, photographer, political activist, curator and mother. She was born in October 16, 1960 in Colgate, Jamaica. Her family was middle class. At three months old her family moved to Queens, New York. She attended catholic school and was the first girl to play on the boys’ basketball team. Her family later moved to Scarsdale, New York.
Cox attended Syracuse University majoring in the study of Films. Her first aspiration was to become a filmmaker. Cox stated in an interview,”I was always interested in the visual, but I had a baby boomer reaction and was into the immediate gratification of photography as opposed to film, which is a more laborious project.” After she had graduated she decided to
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Cox explained, “Christianity is big in the African-American community, but there are no presentations of us, I took it upon myself to include people of color in these classic scenarios.”
Her photograph entitled, Yo Mama’s Last Supper, took the world by storm. It was the remake of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting with a Cox sitting nude where Jesus should be, surrounded by all black disciples, except for Judas, who was white. Many people especially the Roman Catholics were angry with it. Rudolph Giuliani, the New York Mayor, formed a commission to set decency standards to keep such works from being shown in any New York museum that received public funds. Newspapers wrote about her and her work. Her series American Family is displayed at the Robert Miller Gallery along with her series Queen Nanny of the Maroons. The series was shown at the Jamaican Biennial viewed at the National Gallery of Jamaica in 2006. Cox’s work was awarded the highest honor any artist in Biennial has ever gotten called the Aaron Matalon Award.
I chose Cox because she is a perfect example of what it means to be an artist. She was a free-spirit and did not let anyone deter her from doing what she believes in. To this day she continues to question society and their believe about black women. Her work reaches out to my soul and speaks to me. She was a feminist artist that believes women

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