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Boca Raton Museum of Art

Among the works on view in its galleries this fall, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is displaying “The Signing” (2017), a grand, 15-foot photograph by Renee Cox. The work is loan from the artist at the request of senior curator Kathleen Goncharov. The fascinating and dramatic image revisits Howard Chandler Christy’s 1940 painting “Scene at The Signing of the Constitution of the United States,” offering a contemporary take with Black subjects. In Cox’s version of the historic moment in 1787, her cast dons elaborate and fabulous costumes, including garments made from brightly colored African fabrics, period clothing from the 1700s, as well as contemporary ensembles. The work is being shown publicly for the first time. In a statement from the museum, New York-based Cox said: “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.”  More in link.