Lorraine Morales Cox
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art & Theory
Director of American Studies
A.M. & Ph. D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
Office: Visual Arts Building, room 320
Phone: (518) 388-8038
Area of Concentration:
Professor Cox teaches intermediate and advanced courses covering 20th and 21st century art of Europe and the Americas, many of which contribute to the Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and American Studies programs the last of which she has directed since 2008. In addition, she teaches the art history methodology seminar and the interdisciplinary “Business of Visual Art and Contemporary Entrepreneurship” course that is part of the “Entrepreneurial Thinking” cluster. She is currently working on an initiative involving the development of visual learning and visual thinking across the curriculum. As co-founder of the Union Coalition on Inclusiveness and Diversity (UCID), Professor Cox actively participates in programs that promote, mentor, support and retain a diverse community of students and faculty.
Publications and Scholarship:
Professor Cox's research focuses on contemporary critical artistic practices that address social and political issues centered largely on the subjects of race, class and gender and her methodology draws on feminist, postcolonial and critical race theory. Some of her publications include “Cultural Sampling and Social Critique: The Collage Aesthetic of Chris Ofili” in Cutting Across Media: Appropriation Art, Interventionist Collage, and Copyright Law, edited by Kembrew McLeod and Rudolf Kuenzli (Duke University Press, 2011); "Transformed Bodies, Colonial Wounds and Ethnographic Tropes: Wangechi Mutu" in n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal (January 2008); and “A Performative Turn: Kara Walker’s Song of the South (2005),” in Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory (March 2007). She has curated and written several exhibition catalogue essays including for the exhibition Critical Stitch which she curated for Union College’s Mandeville Gallery in 2010 and for an exhibition by the Afro-Surinamese-Dutch artist Remy Jungerman. Her current projects involve the work of contemporary artists addressing such subjects as mixed racial identity, globalization and consumer culture, and the use of humor as an artistic strategy for addressing U.S. imperialism.