Published: Nov. 10, 2016

Renee Cox at Tribeca Film Festival in 2008 | Photo by David ShankbonePhotographer and mixed-media artist Renee Cox will give a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 15, as part of the Department of Art & Art History's (AAH) Visiting Artist Program. 

One of the most controversial African-American artists working today, Cox has used her own body, both nude and clothed, to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist. From the beginning, her work showed a deep concern for social issues and employed disturbing religious imagery; she continues to push the envelope by working from her archives, shooting new subjects and utilizing technologies in the digital photography medium.

Cox’s new work aims to "unleash the potential of the ordinary and bring it into a new realm of possibilities." Cox states, "It’s about time that we reimagine our own constitutions."

Cox received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

The Visiting Artist Program has been a vital component of the AAH since 1972 and is one of the oldest programs of its kind. Each year, a diverse group of nationally- and internationally-recognized artists are invited to CU to present their work and ideas to a large audience of students, faculty and community members. During their stay, artists present a public lecture, join the faculty-led Visiting Artist seminar to work closely with graduate and advanced undergraduate students, meet with students for individual critiques and contribute to the program’s long-running, professionally-produced artist interview series "What Follows."

The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in VAC 1B20 and is free and open to the public.