Fall 2021 Exhibit featuring the works of Robert Andy Coombs
Join the Frost Museum for their ongoing exhibit throughout the fall 2021 semester.
Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care presents selected works from the photographer’s series Cripfag. Coombs creates personal narratives that invite the viewer to partake in the intimate details of his life. Through this series he documents his rich experiences at the intersection of sexuality and disability, which are rarely expressed publicly in contemporary visual culture. Coombs describes his approach as unapologetic; he presents his own body boldly and confidently. The title of the series embraces and reclaims two epithets “crip” and “fag.” In this suite of photographs, Coombs reimagines these words, producing a new context in which personal and revealing moments are carefully and sensitively laid bare. Challenging preconceptions of disability while revealing an autobiographical narrative filled with both joy and the banal, Coombs brings visitors along to relate and revel in his journey.
Born in Michigan in 1987, the artist received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and his MFA from Yale University. He lives and works in Miami, Florida.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum organized this exhibition to complement FIU’s Common Reading Program and First Year Experience course. This year, FIU’s entering class and other new students read Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled by Rebekah Taussig. This book shares the author’s coming of age story and shares her experiences with ableism and her relationships with family and friends. Taussig desired to create a text that details a nuanced depiction of her life to augment the dearth of disability representation in popular culture.
All photographs are presented courtesy of the artist.
Captions (l to r):
Robert Andy Coombs, Woodland nymphs, 2019 40 x 53”, inkjet print on metallic paper, courtesy of the artist; Robert Andy Coombs, Sunset at Grand Haven Beach II, 2017 40 x 60”, inkjet print on metallic paper, courtesy of the artist.