Yo Mama's Last Supper

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Yo Mama's Last Supper

Yo Mama's Last Supper is a work of art, made in 1996 by Jamaican-American artist Renée Cox. It is a large photographic montage of five panels, each 31 inches square, depicting photographs of 11 black men, a white Judas and a naked black woman (the artist's self-portrait)[1] posed in imitation of Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper. Cox is pictured naked and standing, with her arms reaching upwards, as Jesus.[2]

In 2001, the piece was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art as part of an exhibition called Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was offended by the work and called for the creation of a panel to create decency standards for all art shown at publicly funded museums in the city.[3][4] The work has also been included in other exhibitions about artistic depictions of The Last Supper, in locations such as the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; a church in Venice, Italy;[3] and a gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia.[5]


  • S. Brent Plate, Blasphemy: Art that Offends, Black Dog Publishing, London, 2006. ISBN 978-1904772538
  • Francesca Bonazzoli, Michele Robecchi, Mona Lisa to Marge: How the World's Greatest Artworks Entered Popular Culture, Prestel, New York, 2014. ISBN 978-3791348773


  1. ^ Tinti, Mary. "Cox, Renee". www.oxfordartonline.com. Oxford Art Online. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ Arthur Coleman Danto, "Renee Cox: Yo Mama's Last Supper", in Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life (Columbia University Press, 2003), ISBN 978-0-231-14115-4, pp. 101-108. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Elizabeth Bumiller, "Affronted by Nude 'Last Supper,' Giuliani Calls for Decency Panel", The New York Times, February 16, 2001.
  4. ^ Monte Williams, "'Yo Mama' Artist Takes On Catholic Critic", The New York Times, February 21, 2001.
  5. ^ Carla Bianpoen, "Revisiting 'The Last Supper'", The Jakarta Post, April 11, 2009.