Flipping the Script: Renee Cox and the History of Art

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Friday June 16

2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM

LECTURE • Friday, June 16, 2pm

Flipping the Script: Renee Cox and the History of Art

Christopher Steiner, Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology, Connecticut College

 $10 (Members 10% discount)

In this illustrated lecture and gallery talk, Dr. Christopher Steiner situates Renee Cox’s The Signing (2018), into the broader context of her photographic series “Flipping the Script.” In the early 1990s, Renee Cox began to reinterpret canonical works of Western art by introducing Black characters as principal subjects -- including The Pieta (1994), where she poses as the Virgin Mary, and Yo Mama’s Last Supper (1996), in which she presides as a nude, female Christ. The Signing, a large-format photograph, reinterprets Howard Chandler Christy's historical painting Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by replacing the white Founding Fathers with 32 Black models, some in 18th-century costumes and others in contemporary African clothing.

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