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A Trio Of Queer Art Exhibitions

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BY KAYLEE DUFF

The Wexner Center for the Arts at OSU is featuring three different exhibits from LGBTQ+ artists.

The Wexner Center for the Arts — The Ohio State University’s “multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art” — is showcasing art by three LGBTQ-identified artists. The Wexner Center is a space where both established and emerging artists can experiment, where the audience can participate in cultural experiences, where the community can come together to observe and understand the art of our time.

These three exhibitions that offer a splash of color and hope during some of the grayest months of the year are inspiring, touching and culturally significant. Community members can come experience collections of art by John Waters, Peter Hujar and Alicia McCarthy through the end of April.

John Waters: Indecent Exposure
The most comprehensive collection of his gallery-based art to date, Indecent Exposure draws from Waters’ experience with film and his interest in celebrity, crime, religion and kitsch. Waters is a filmmaker, writer, performer and visual artist who uses shocking, affectate humor to “subvert mainstream expectations of visual art” and draw viewers in with “his astute, provocative, and wickedly funny observations about society.” This exhibition is organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Peter Hujar: Speed of Life
In this collection of photographs spanning four decades, Hujar offers a glimpse into the world of gay culture between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Hujar existed in a world of avant-garde dance, music, art and drag, until his untimely death from AIDS in 1987. These portraits are uncomplicated yet far from simple; they’re touching, full of empathy, life and culture. Peter Hujar: Speed of Life was organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid.

Alicia McCarthy: No Straight Lines
McCarthy is known for colorful, vibrant abstract paintings influenced by punk and queer subcultures, graffiti and folk art. She often uses found elements or recycled materials tied to the surrounding community. In this site-specific mural created in the lower lobby of the Wexner Center, McCarthy utilized leftover paint from past Wexner Center exhibition installations, in honor of Columbus’ DIY culture.

All three exhibitions are running through April 28. Tickets are free for members, college students (with valid ID), patrons under 18, active military and veterans; $8 for the general public; $6 for senior citizens (65 and older); and $6 Ohio State faculty and staff (with BuckID). All visitors are admitted to the exhibition for free on Thursdays after 4 p.m., and on the first Sunday of each month. Admission is also free with a ticket to any same-day Wexner Center event. The exhibition is closed on Mondays.

For more info about these exhibitions and other events, projects and more at the Wexner Center for the Arts, visit wexarts.org.

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