Yo Mama's Last Supper

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Artist: Renée Cox

Year: 2001

Date of Action: February 15, 2001

Region: North America

Location: New York, New York

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Mixed Media, Photography

Confronting Bodies: Rudolph Giuliani

Description of Artwork: This work is a photographic series consisting of five panels consisting of 11 black men, a white Judas, and a naked black woman all posing as Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper.

The Incident: This installation was supposed to be exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, but Mayor Rudolph deemed this photo "disgusting" and "anti-Catholic.'

Results of Incident: He then said that he would create a decency committee which would enforce "decency standards" in order to keep this type of provocative work out of museums which receive government subsidy.

Source:


Affronted by Nude 'Last Supper,' Giuliani Calls for Decency Panel