Renee Cox Essay
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 …show more content…
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