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Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry, 2012 Fall

Humor in Art

Jim Kempner and Charlie Hewitt, Oct. 2

Matt Kenyon, Oct. 9

See preview article: Finding Humor in the Art World

Humor in Art: The Fall Art Colloquia for Critical Inquiry bucks the “stiff and serious” stereotype by diving into humor in the art world.


Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner.

Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner.

Jim Kempner and Charlie Hewitt

October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Jim Kempner is a dealer with a gallery on 11th Avenue in the Chelsea area of New York City. He works with pieces by many high high-end artists, including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella. The artist, Charlie Hewitt, a former visiting artist at American University, works with Kempner in New York. The two have produced a web series called The Madness of Art. The short episodes follow Kempner as he interacts with New York’s eccentric art world and the natural comedy that ensues — as if the TV show The Office took place in a Chelsea gallery.



Photo courtesy of Matt Kenyan
Photo courtesy of Matt Kenyan.

Matt Kenyan

October 9, 6:00 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center 201

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native is interested in the convergence of art, emerging technologies, and pop- culture. Many of Matt Kenyan's works feature interactive technology and artificial intelligence/artificial life as a means for displaying his thoughts on culture. Kenyan received his MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, and most recently taught at Penn State University's School of Visual Arts in the New Media and Interdisciplinary Digital Studio programs. At Penn State Matt he co-founded and co-directed StudioLab, a collaborative space merging laboratory experiments and data analysis with computer gaming and aesthetic design.