Renée Cox: A Proof Of Being
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Renée Cox: A Proof of Being is a selection of the artist’s most well-known and celebrated photographs and new immersive video installation. The exhibition will demonstrate Cox’s intrepid gaze through a series of monumental portraits of powerful women over the last three decades.
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Thursday to Monday, 12-5 PM
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Renée Cox is a visual artist, working foremost in photography and video. Her work arises at this intersection of history, race theory, and sexuality. In her practice, Cox works to deconstruct stereotypes, engage the viewer and to challenge their preconceived ideas about gender and race. She explores the possibilities of new and affirming self-representations for Black diasporic peoples as a visual corrective to both art history and history writ large—transforming dispossession into self-possession. By deconstructing the Black female body, she reveals the myths behind it.
Cox began her career as a commercial photographer, working for Condé Nast, and the music and film industries. She turned to fine art after receiving an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1992. Since then, Cox has worked as a visual artist, educator, curator, lecturer, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. The Archives of American Art (Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.) acquired Cox’s personal archive in 2019.
Renée Cox (b. Colgate, Jamaica) lives and works in Harlem, NY and Amagansett, East Hampton. Her work is included in several institutional collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Princeton Art Museum.
Photo: Renée Cox
Monique Long is an independent curator and writer based in New York City. Her work focuses on themes related to race, identity, gender, class, and systems of power that are grounded in history, literature, and politics. Long is also a critic who has contributed essays and interviews on contemporary art to publications widely. Her traveling exhibition, Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, premiered at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco last year. The show is currently on view at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia. Upcoming projects include Renee Cox: A Proof of Being and Elizabeth Colomba: Mythologies. moniquelong.com
Photo: Ayana V. Jackson