Interview by Karen Croft
Feb. 22, 2001 Artist Renée Cox was thrust into the news Friday when the New York Times ran a front-page story on the ire one of her photographic works (Yo Mama’s Last Supper) raised in New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

He called the work (in which the artist is nude, standing in place of Jesus in a rendition of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”) “disgusting,” “outrageous” and “anti-Catholic” and called for a decency panel to keep such work out of museums that receive public money. Cox said, “Get over it,” and went skiing for the Presidents Day weekend. Salon caught up with her Tuesday at her studio in Brooklyn. She had just come in from teaching her class on fundamentals of photography at New York University.