Laughing Matters: Humor In Art

Participants

Dr. Robert Cozzolino
Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Cozzolino has been a tireless advocate for integrating Chicago artists into narratives of American and international art. Since arriving at PAFA in 2004, he has added significant works by artists associated with Chicago to the collection, including Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, Ed Flood, Paul LaMantia, Robert Lostutter, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, Nancy Spero, Joseph Yoakum, Ray Yoshida and many others.

Selected Exhibitions (relevant to program):
He has organized and coordinated numerous exhibitions for PAFA including Of, To and From Ray Yoshida (2012); Peter Saul: A Retrospective (2008); Art in Chicago: Revisiting Regionalism, Transforming Modernism (2006)

Dr. John Corbett
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Former chair of the Sound Department and Exhibition Studies Program Independent Museum Curator
Co-owner, Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery (with Jim Dempsey)

Selected Exhibitions (relevant to program):
Spring 2013–Monster Roster: Existential Art in Postwar Chicago, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; with Jim Dempsey, Jessica Moss and Richard Born

2011–Touch & Go: Ray Yoshida & His Sphere of Influence, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

2007–Big Picture: A New View of Painting in Chicago, Chicago History Museum; with Jim Dempsey

Publications
Three books on Sun Ra (White Walls, 2006-2010); many exhibition catalogue essays including recent ones on Jim Lutes, Albert Oehlen, Arturo Herrera and Christopher Wood.

Dr. Janice Fodor
Professor of English, Elmhurst College Dr. Fodor developed a habit early on in her life: engendered by her compulsive reading, she was encouraged to keep diary accounts of her experiences, embellished with details, that made her life sound, if not interesting, at least funny. That led to her lifelong view of life in which humor has been used to lighten challenging, unpleasant and serious moments. Furthermore, it has sparked her interest in exploring humor in her academic endeavors.

She developed and teaches the course, The Many Facets of Humor in which students consider the history, literature, philosophy, psychology and social ramifications of humor through various points of view contained within the liberal arts.

Suellen Rocca
Artist and Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Elmhurst College

Artist
Selected Permanent Collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2013–Focus 4, State of Illinois Art Museum, Chicago Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011–Re: Chicago, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL


2011–Chicago Imagists, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI


2000–Chicago Loop: Imagist Art 1949 -1979, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, CT


1987–The Chicago Imagist Print: Ten Artists Works 1958-1987, The David and Alfred Smart Museum, the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


1983–Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Suellen Rocca, Karl Wirsum, Gallerie Bonnier, Geneva, Switzerland


1980-82–“Who Chicago?” An Exhibition of Contemporary Imagists, Sunderland Arts Centre, Ceolfirth Gallery, London, England: and traveling to Camden Arts Centre; London; Third eye Centre, Glasgow; The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburg Scotland; the Welsh Arts Council, Glynvivian Gallery, Swansea, Wales; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA


1970–Surplus Slop from the Windy City, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


1969–Da Hairy Who? DuPont Center, Corcoran Gallery of art, Washington, D.C.


1966, ‘67, ’68–Hairy Who Exhibitions, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Lynne Warren
Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Selected Exhibitions (relevant to program):
She has curated over 25 solo exhibitions for the MCA including Jim Nutt: Coming into Character (2011); Don Baum: In Memoriam (2008-2009); Everything’s Here: Jeff Koons and his Experience of Chicago (2008); Chris Ware (2006); H.C. Westermann (2001); Art in Chicago, 1945-1995 (1996)

Selected Publications (relevant to program):
Warren’s publications are wide-ranging and numerous, including over 30 exhibition catalogues published by the MCA. Most recently she has focused on Chicago scholarship in writings for the catalogue for the inaugural exhibition Re: Chicago at the new DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2010) entitled “Latent Images: Claiming Chicago’s Extraordinary Photographic Legacy” and for the Chicago Imagist exhibition at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, contributing two essays: “Jest Digestion: (Truly Awful) Puns, (Genitalia) Humor, and (Caustic) Wit in Chicago Imagism” and “Chicago Imagism: the Derivation of a Term.”

Warren has taught at the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, The University of Illinois at Chicago and has lectured throughout the United States.

Karl Wirsum
Artist
Full Adjunct Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Karl Wirsum has actively exhibited his paintings, drawings and objects for five decades. He has received numerous commissions and his works are in prestigious public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Selected Permanent Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum des 20, Jahrhunderts, Vienna; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007-08–Winsome Works (some), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI; Herron Galleries, Indiana University-Perdue University, Indianapolis, IN

2001–Rockford College Gallery, Rockford, IL

1998–University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1997–The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sculpture Court, Iowa City, IA

1991–Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

1982–Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

1981–Hare Toddy Kong Tamari: Selected Objects by Karl Wirsum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011–Chicago Imagists 1966-1973 In collaboration with Corbett vs. Dempsey, Thomas Dane Gallery, London

2011–Re: Chicago, De Paul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL -

2011–Chicago Imagists, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

2010 - Mutant Pop, Galleri Loyal, Sweden -

2006–181st Annual: an Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy of Design, New York, NY -

1996–Art in Chicago 1945-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

1987–Made in the U.S.A.: An Americanization in Modern Art, the 50’s and 60’s. University of California at Berkley and traveled to Nelson Atkins Museum of Art , Kansas City, MO, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA

1987–The Chicago Imagist Print: Ten Artists Works 1958-1987, The David and Alfred Smart Museum, the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1980-82–“Who Chicago?” An Exhibition of Contemporary Imagists, Sunderland Arts Centre, Ceolfirth Gallery, London, England: and traveling to Camden Arts Centre; London; Third eye Centre, Glasgow; The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburg Scotland; the Welsh Arts Counci, Glynvivian Gallery, Swansea Wales; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1970–Surplus Slop from the Windy City, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1969– Da Hairy Who? DuPont Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1966, ‘67, ’68 Hairy Who Exhibitions, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

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