Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Much of Renee Cox’s artistic practice involves portraying herself and Black women as icons and mythical figures. In Yo Mama, she embodies a Madonna, or Virgin Mary, figure in a powerful, oversize photograph. A related work in the Yo Mama series skewering the whiteness of traditional Christian art, Yo Mama’s Last Supper (1996), sparked controversy while on display at the Brooklyn Museum in 2001. The photograph, in which Cox poses naked as Christ at the Last Supper surrounded by Black disciples and a white Judas, was deemed iconoclastic and profane by conservative religious groups, drawing the ire of then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Gelatin silver photograph
frame: 94 x 54 in. (238.8 x 137.2 cm)
Sheet: 83 x 47 in. (210.8 x 119.4 cm)
83 x 47 inches (visible dimensions); 90 x 54 inches (framed) (show scale)
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Gift of the Carol and Arthur Goldberg Collection
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Renee Cox (Jamaican, born 1960). Yo Mama, 1993. Gelatin silver photograph, frame: 94 x 54 in. (238.8 x 137.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carol and Arthur Goldberg Collection, 2009.82.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, 2009.82.3_theyomamablackfixed_BkMusuem.jpg)
overall, 2009.82.3_theyomamablackfixed_BkMusuem.jpg. Image courtesy of the artist, 2019
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