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Cum Rags to Cum Riches

March 30
April 09 2022

Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery

"Cam Girl #ass" (2021) by Alexa Wehrmann

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Content Warning: This art exhibition involves nudity and contains sexually explicit material. It is not appropriate for children and may be offensive to some audiences.







Cum Rags to Cum Riches is an homage to the obscenity of nudity and pornography. By painting porn and by giving these screenshots materiality, Painting junior Alexa Wehrmann and Sculpture + Expanded Media senior Sebastian Schenz give smut the importance it deserves.

These pieces speak to the idea of the body and art historical nude in the context of today's more contemporary take on reclaiming or recontextualizing the historical ideas of the nude—to highlight the nude in an artistic matter in conjunction with pornography and the display of the body.

These pieces proclaim that a lot of art historical nudes can be directly compared to modern pornography, and that when they were painted, they were just as sexual as modern graphic photos we see online—and we should see them as such. These pieces display how art historical nudes were originally meant to be jacked off to and how porn has changed through time.

Cum Rags to Cum Riches will be on view March 30 through April 9 in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 8pm Wednesday, March 30. Exhibition-related T-shirts and posters will be for sale during the reception.

All visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entering CIA. They also will undergo a brief health-assessment screening and be required to wear a mask at all times. Learn more about what to expect by reading the Vaccination Requirement: Visitors to CIA section at


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