POMP #329 In the Shadow of the Cross

Willie Middlebrook1992

USC Fisher Museum of Art

USC Fisher Museum of Art
Los Angeles, United States

In Middlebrook’s photographic painting, he decides to upset traditional Christian iconography by placing on the cross not Jesus, but instead a nude black female. In this work, Middlebrook allows the viewer to question who religion is for, and how identity affect our beliefs, traditions and our own sense of community. Do we define ourselves and others by our religion, our race, our gender or perhaps a combination of various forms of identity?

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  • Title: POMP #329 In the Shadow of the Cross
  • Creator: Willie Robert Middlebrook (American, 1957-2012)
  • Date Created: 1992
  • Physical Location: USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Purchase Fund, 2001.08
  • Physical Dimensions: 168.9 x 191.3 cm (66 1/2 x 39 7/8 in.)
  • Rights: Image reproduced with permission of the artist. Photography by John Elder.
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print - Photographic painting