The ongoing Distinguished Alumnus Lecture Series has its first fall 2006 installment coming up. Photographer and SVA alumnus Renée Cox (MFA 1992 Photography and Related Media) will speak about her work, which employs her own body, both nude and clothed, to celebrate black womanhood and offer critiques of modern society. Her art has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Cox was also drawn into a city-wide controversy when a 2001 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art—featuring her photograph Yo Mama’s Last Supper—caught the attention of then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who objected to Cox portraying herself as a nude Christ.
The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 5, 7pm, in the Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor. Admission is free and open to the public.