Gift of Art: What's So Funny? An Exploration of Humor in Western Art

Gift of Art - What's So Funny? An Exploration of Humor in Western Art
Tuesdays, March 6, April 10, May 15
7:30 pm

Art historian Marcy B. Freedman will consider the ways in which humor appears in art from antiquity to the present. In each lecture, she will focus upon the topics and methods that artists have used to elicit smiles, giggles or peals of laughter.

March 6: Innuendo and Titillation: Dirty Jokes, Bawdy Behavior, and More!

April 10: The Mocking of Others: Satire, Parody and Irony

May 15: Surprise, Shock, Befuddlement: Modern and Contemporary Artists Provoke Laughter in Diverse Ways
During the first half of the 20th century, artists of the Dada and Surrealist movements were motivated by serious theoretical principles, but the public often found their works to be absurd -- and laughed derisively. Freedman will explore this phenomenon by discussing masterpieces by Duchamp, Magritte, and Dali. She will also consider those contemporary artists, such as William Wegman, Richard Prince, and Maurizio Cattelan who employ gags, jokes, and cartoons in their intentionally funny videos, paintings, and sculptures. Freedman will conclude her talk with a consideration of the dark humor – often scatological - found in the art of Bruce Nauman, Paul McCarthy and Dana Schutz.

Prepaid reservations required. $60 Members/ $75 Non-members for the series; $25 per lecture, $10 students. Refreshments at 7:00 pm, lectures begin promptly at 7:30 pm. 914-232-9555 ext. 0