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‘Triple’ exhibit has something for everyone

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Located in the Fine Arts building in the midst of the hustle and bustle of campus lies the University Art Museum. Although the space is first and foremost a museum, it has an oasis-like feeling in contrast to the fountain traffic that surrounds it.

Each year, the museum has four to six exhibitions. One of the three current exhibitions currently on display is “Triple,” which features the work of three artists all of whom are on the rise and under the age of 30. Their work embodies subject matter such as issues pertaining to diversity, gender, female empowerment, and race.

“What I love about all of these artists is that they’re focusing on their friends, they’re focusing on traditional painting subject matter, such as the reclining nude,” said Corinna Ripps Schaming, the museums current interim director and curator for over 15 years. “But they’re making it their own, they’re making it about the things that they care about, and they’re making it part of this moment.”

Tschabalala Self was born in Harlem, NY in 1990. In this exhibition she does a series of portraits that are not your typical paintings, but instead, use fabric and stitching to form an image. Through this process, she shows us her sense of the black body as a young women. In this exhibition, Self’s work shows us the idea of how she is able to own her own space, and what that means to her.

Louis Fratino was born in 1993 in Annapolis, MD. Much of the existing art from gay artists was considered to be darker and more political. However, Fratino’s work in this exhibition is quite the opposite. The six paintings featured have a celebratory and erotic feel. They all capture the day-to-day life of being a young, gay white male.

Alex Bradley Cohen, a Chicago Native, still lives and works in the city today. His collection of paintings all feature portraits of his closest friends. The positioning of how and where Cohen places his subject in each painting speaks to their personalities and relationships with Cohen. Not only is he painting the people with whom he is closest, but he is conveying something about who they are to him.

“Triple” will be featured alongside two other current exhibitions “Younger Than Today: Photographs of Children (and sometimes their mothers)” by Andy Warhol, and “Mickey Mouse has Grown up a Cow,” which features several artists. All three of collections will be around until September 15.

“We want to build our student profile on campus and make this a place where you can feel like you can come anytime and simply hang out,” said Schaming.

Even if it’s for a few minutes between classes, the University Arts Museum is a relaxing place to enjoy art, gather your thoughts, and escape the outside craziness of campus.

The Museum is open Tuesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday from noon-4 p.m.


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