The Joke is Irresistible challenges various tropes of masculinity and the gendered gaze. By borrowing from the feminist tradition and applying the same tools to questions of masculinity, an area that remains largely unexplored in gender studies scholarship, some featured artists parody stereotypes of masculinity while others literalize them. All are serious considerations of what it means to engender masculinity in a way that broadens how we understand gendered associations in the world around us. Curated by Joe Iverson (MA 2011), curatorial assistant, Department of Exhibitions. Artists include: Christopher Bradley, Andy Cahill, Jason Conny, Anthony Creeden, Alan and Michael Fleming, Joe Grimm, Millie Kapp and Isabella Ng, Mik Kastner, and Ei Jane Janet Lin and Miao Jiaxin.