Dialogue and Discourse

What Is American Painting Now?


Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Inspired by the exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art, artists Mike Cloud, Louis Fratino, and Tschabalala Self contemplate what American painting is today in a panel moderated by writer and critic Martha Schwendener.


Mike Cloud is an American painter based in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art and his B.F.A. from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at P.S.1, NY; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Slovak Republic; Honor Fraser Gallery, CA; Thomas Erben Gallery, NY; Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY; White Columns, NY; Max Protetch, NY; Apexart, NYC. Cloud’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Art Review and Hyperallergic, and featured in the publication Painting Abstraction by Bob Nickas, published by Phaidon Press. His awards include the inaugural Chiaro Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, an artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Barry Schactman Prize in Painting from the Yale University School of Art as well as the Grace Holt Memorial Award in African American Issues from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His work is held in private and public collections including The Bronx Museum (New York, NY), Lincoln Center (New York, NY) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY).

Drawing inspiration from personal experience and referencing art historical precedents, Louis Fratino makes paintings, drawings, and sculptures of the male body. His work includes portraits, nudes, and intimate scenes of male couples engaged in activities ranging from the mundane to the sexual Fratino received his BFA in Painting with concentration in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Nudissima, Antoine Levi, Paris, 2019; Come Softly to Me, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, NY, 2019; Night and Day, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2018; Nicolas Party: Pastel, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY, 2019; Creative Pride, The National Arts Club, New York, NY, 2019 ; Youth and Beauty!, MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, 2018;  and Matisse + Fratino, Cabinet Printemps, Düsseldorf, 2018. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting, Berlin (2015-16) and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT in 2014. Fratino lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Tschabalala Self builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. Self lives and works in New York and New Haven. Future exhibitions include: ICA, Boston (2020); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2020). Current and recent exhibitions include: Tschabalala Self, Art Omi, Ghent (2019); MOOD: Studio Museum Artists in Residence, MoMA PS1 (2019); Bodega Run, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Tschabalala Self, Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019); Bodega Run, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018); The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville (2018); Bodega Run, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2017); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017).

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Louis Fratino,Tom at Riis Beach wearing my underwear around his neck, 2019. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins. 

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