The University of Maine Museum of Art, located downtown at 40 Harlow St., will open three new exhibitions in January including one by Kenny Cole of Monroe. UMMA, which is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., brings innovative contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year.

UMMA's winter exhibitions will open to the public Friday, Jan. 17, to run through March 22. Admission is free in 2014, thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Cole’s exhibition is titled “Parabellum (Prepare for War) and is an immersive, interactive installation especially for UMMA’s Zillman Gallery. The artist describes “Parabellum” as a culture-jamming, docu-fiction, artivism work of art, which re-writes the past in order to guide us into the future.

Cole has taken on the persona of fictional Bains Revere, an American Civil War veteran/outsider artist, to create this visionary work. The installation reflects Revere’s innate pacifism and life-long shifting relationship with Hiram Maxim, a Maine native and real-life inventor of the automatic machine gun. This false artifact, made as if it was originally installed in the front parlor room of a home, consists of 82 two-sided canvases. They are painted as a collection of generic red and white flags, the reverse of each containing relief battle maps; nesting underneath it all are hidden, corporeal landscapes. The work’s components are riddled with trompe l’oeil water stains painted onto vintage 1890s newspaper.

Also on view are “Time’s Wife,” paintings by New York City-based artist Hannah Cole; and “From Piranesi to Picasso:  Master Prints from the Permanent Collection. Established in 1946, the UMMA collection has particular strengths in original prints by an impressive roster of internationally renowned artists.

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