Tony Cokes

June 23, 2023–May 2024, Dia Bridgehampton


Since the late 1980s, Tony Cokes has appropriated and remixed text, music, and documentary images into videos and installations that investigate the interrelations of politics, popular culture, race, and identity. At Dia Bridgehampton, Cokes presents a new work in dialogue with the material histories of the site, a former firehouse–turned–First Baptist Church. The artist also responds to the permanent Dan Flavin installation on the second floor, which resonates with Cokes’s own conceptual and formal interests in radiant, monochromatic color and light, as well as his increasingly sculptural and context-specific approach to moving-image installations.

Tony Cokes is organized by Jordan Carter, curator at Dia Art Foundation, with Emily Markert, curatorial assistant.

All exhibitions at Dia are made possible by the Economou Exhibition Fund.

Tony Cokes was born in 1956 in Richmond, Virginia. He received a BA from Goddard College, Vermont, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Cokes participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. In 2022 he was the subject of a major survey jointly organized by the Haus der Kunst and Kunstverein in Munich. Other recent solo exhibitions took place at De Balie, Amsterdam (2022); Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York (2021); and MACRO — Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (2021). His work is in the collections of, among others, the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Recent group exhibitions include Signals: How Video Transformed the World (2023) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and The 58th Carnegie International: Is it morning for you yet? (2022–2023) at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. He is a professor in the department of modern culture and media at Brown University, Rhode Island. He is the recipient of the 2023 Rome Prize. Cokes lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


Tony Cokes


Tony Cokes was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1956. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.

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