Never Mind the Blackface. What About When Robert Downey, Jr. Played Jesus?
Robert Downey, Jr. definitely has caused some Internet chatter with his blackface performance in the movie Tropic Thunder, currently out in theaters, but an exhibition on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston reminds us of a simpler time, way back in 2001 when he played Jesus for artist Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Pieta.”
In this recreation of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta, Mother Mary is played by the artist herself. As she tenderly holds the actor in her arms, he doesn’t seem dead so much as sleeping (or maybe passed out; we lose track of exactly when he was sober).
Sure, blackface is definitely worth talking about, but let’s not forget sacrilege. – Keith Plocek
“Sam Taylor-Wood” is on display at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston through October 5. Be sure to check next week’s Houston Press for a full review from Troy Schulze.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- John Stone-Hoskins, Who Sued AG Ken Paxton Over Gay Marriage Rights, Dies at 37
Sat., Oct. 24, 12:00am
Sat., Oct. 24, 11:00am
Sun., Oct. 25, 12:00am
Mon., Oct. 26, 12:00am
- Astros Fans, This Person Is the Reason There's a Game 5 Wednesday Night
- Should School District Cops Be Allowed to Choke Students?