Laughing Matters: Humor In Art

Watch the Symposium

Laughing Matters: Humor in Art is a one-day symposium that explores the role of humor in American art of the '60s and '70s. Held on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum, the event will be live streamed here on the day of the event. For more information about the symposium, please contact us.

Symposium Program

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Suellen Rocca, Artist, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Elmhurst College
An Introduction to Humor in Art

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art,
Chicago Cracked: A cultural context for the humor present in the early work of Jim Nutt and Karl Wirsum

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
“When the ‘Delinquents’ Strike Back”

11:30 a.m.–12 noon
Q & A with Lynne Warren and Robert Cozzolino moderated by Suellen Rocca

Noon
Lunch break with an opportunity to see the exhibitions at the DePaul Art Museum

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Janice Fodor, Professor of English, Elmhurst College
The Many Facets of Humor

2:30 p.m.
Mid-afternoon break for light refreshment

2:45 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Karl Wirsum, Artist and John Corbett, Writer, Curator, co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery
Seriously: A Conversation with the Fearsome Mr. Wirsum

3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Q & A with presenters moderated by Suellen Rocca

4:00 p.m.
Wrap up

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