Tony Cokes

Tony Cokes makes video, installation, print, sound, and other works that reframe appropriated texts to reflect upon capitalism, subjectivity, knowledge, and pleasure. Cokes deploys sound as a crucial, intertextual element, complicating minimal visuals. He has shown works internationally at venues including Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art New York, SF MOMA, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, REDCAT, Los Angeles, and La Cinémathèque Française. His projects were included in notable exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1991, 1993, and 2002); the 1st Berlin Documentary Forum, House of World Cultures (2010); Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art (1994); Documenta X in Kassel, Germany (1997); and Our Literal Speed, University of Chicago (2009). Cokes has participated in numerous media-art festivals including the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Freewaves, Los Angeles; and the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany.  His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Getty Research Institute. Cokes resides in Providence, RI where he is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. His work is represented by Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

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