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Untitled (Anita Hill Trial)

Sue Coe

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Sue Coe moved to the United States in 1972, and became well-known for work featuring scathing caricatures of political events and critiques of racism, sexism, and capitalism. Evoking witch hunts of the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries, Coe depicts Anita Hill being burned at the stake while the all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee and press corps look on. During Clarence Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings for a judgeship on the Supreme Court, Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment. Broadcast live to the nation, the hearings became a national scandal revolving around race, gender, and sexual assault, with Thomas denying all allegations and eventually being confirmed for a position on the court, which he has held since 1991. The accusatory and disbelieving tone of both the committee and the media effectively put Hill, not Thomas, on trial.
MEDIUM Etching on paper
DATES 1992
DIMENSIONS 20 x 13 1/4 in. (50.8 x 33.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Sue Coe 92"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed lower left: "24"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2012.90
CREDIT LINE Gift of Marco Nocella
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Sue Coe,courtesy Galerie St.Etienne, New York
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CAPTION Sue Coe (British, born 1951). Untitled (Anita Hill Trial), 1992. Etching on paper, 20 x 13 1/4 in. (50.8 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marco Nocella, 2012.90. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2012.90_PS9.jpg)
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Sue Coe (British, born 1951). <em>Untitled (Anita Hill Trial)</em>, 1992. Etching on paper, 20 x 13 1/4 in. (50.8 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marco Nocella, 2012.90. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2012.90_PS9.jpg)