American Family

 

In this autobiographical work, Renée Cox explores the numerous identities, both fictional and real, she has assumed throughout her life - from Catholic school girl, to wife and mother who knows (and shows) sexual pleasure, to artist/advocate contesting the racial add gender biases of a whole realm of visual representations. Cox describes this new work as a cross between Diary of a Mad Housewife and The Sensuous Woman. With American Family - a veritable minefield of taboo topics from the miscegenated family album to the erotic display of her own beautiful body - Cox, the latest artist to be subjected to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's censure for her controversial Yo Mama's Last Supper, is likely to raise more than eyebrows.

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