Awardee: Tony Cokes

Visual Arts, 2000

Tony Cokes makes video and installation projects that reframe appropriated texts to reflect upon capitalism, subjectivity, knowledge and pleasure. Sound always functions in his practice as a crucial, intertextual element, complicating minimal visuals. His works have been exhibited internationally at venues including Centre Georges Pompidou, Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, SF MOMA, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, and La Cinémathèque Française. Cokes has received fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Getty Research Institute. He resides in Providence, RI, and is a Professor in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.

Project: X Billboard Project

The bi-racial artists collaborative X-PrZ used public sites in Boston for a yearlong series of billboards, subway station lightbox ads, and posters for subway cars, buses, and bus shelters. The work examines the figure and cultural legacy of Malcolm X in a revisionist historical framework, deconstructing his place as a commodified folk hero in the urban landscape. The project included five billboards and was documented via a website and the production of a broadcast-quality videotape.