Walker Art Center

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Humor Noir



I have a funny problem with humor, I guess, because I dont consider it fun.Kara Walker, 1996

Humor is a complicated human response, prompting us to laugh at things both absurd and tragic. Kara Walker constantly tests these boundaries by employing her sense of humor within violent imagery. To address these issues, Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research and the Getty Research Institute, speaks about the definition and possibilities of the comic as well as humors ethical limits and function in culture and visual art.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love.