Art on Hulfish | The Ten Commandments of Renée Cox

Saturday, November 18, 2023 - Sunday, January 28, 2024
Renée Cox, born 1960, Colgate, Jamaica; active New York, NY. Young Yo Mama, 1980. Inkjet print mounted on aluminum, 121.9 × 152.4 cm. Courtesy KODA. © Renée Cox.

The Ten Commandments of Renée Cox explores motherhood, liberation, isolation, self-realization, and joy through the four-decade career of Renée Cox. The artist, born in 1960 in Colgate, Jamaica, and active in New York, works across a range of media using her own body—in different guises and provocative states of dress and undress—to celebrate Black womanhood, occupy multiple identities and realities, and deconstruct historical stereotypes. From her first self-portrait in 1980 to her most recent work, Cox investigates sexism, the racially dehumanizing commodification of the Black body, gender fluidity, and the power of Afrofuturism. The artist invites viewers to join her as she “unleashes the potential of the ordinary and brings it into a new realm of possibilities."

Curated by Klaudia Ofwona Draber and organized by KODA.

Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and Princeton University. Generous support is also provided by William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; Julie and Kevin Callaghan, Class of 1983; Annie Robinson Woods, Class of 1988; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; Tom Tuttle, Class of 1988, and Mila Tuttle; the Len & Laura Berlik Foundation; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; and Palmer Square Management. Additional supporters for this exhibition include the Department of African American Studies and the Effron Center for the Study of America. 

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