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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
Friday, March 24 at 10:00 amMonday, April 3 at 8:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
Rubenstein Arts Center 128
Rubenstein Arts Center
Durham, 27708 United States

CAN YOU TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY (CYTTS) is a multi–media interactive exhibition featuring a collection of work focused on “Sherly” as an artistic character. This character embodies an imaginative child–like narrative style and nostalgic cute aesthetics to explore subject matters including gender representation, generational confusion, and the exploration of self–identity.

Using an expanded cinema format, this exhibition will combine digital moving images, props, and computational technologies to create an immersive experience that is simultaneously magical and unsettling. The combination of different mediums and technologies will assist with the multi–dimensional narrative storytelling in the discovery of identity. It will also include content discussing the deconstruction of social gender, race, and identity norms.


Sherly Fan is a multi-media artist interested in identity exploration, social commentary, and experimentation on new paths for storytelling. As an experimental documentary artist with a fashion background, Sherly creates artwork that deconstructs social norms and encourages self-healing.

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