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Boca Raton Museum of Art : Renee Cox : The Signing

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As Americans across the country reckon with the future of the nation, and its history, the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents the museum premiere of The Signing, by Renee Cox. The museum premiere of this major work is on view now. In this witty and dramatic large-scale work, the artist interprets Howard Chandler Christy’s historical painting, Scene at The Signing of the Constitution of the United States. In her contemporary (and glamorous) twist, Cox’s 12-foot long photograph reimagines modern-day women and men of color in the place of the Founding Fathers. Her subjects are all decked out ─ some in current fashions, others in 1700s period clothing, and some wear dazzling African garb. In describing her photography, Renee Cox states: “This work aims to unleash the potential of the ordinary and bring it into a new realm of possibilities. It’s about time we re-imagine our own constitutions.” This is the first time a museum has exhibited The Signing. “The Signing was created on a grand scale and in the tradition of history painting,” said Kathleen Goncharov, the Senior Curator...

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