“I have a funny problem with humor, I guess, because I don’t 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 humor’s ethical limits and function in culture and visual art.
This lecture will be webcast live and archived on the Walker Channel (channel.walkerart.org).