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There are multiple types of humor: dark\, off color\, smart\ , subtle\, and downright hilarious. I am particularly interested in the pau se that occurs between the delivery of a joke and the smile that indicates someone “gets it.” Unlike contemporary art\, where there is no single meani ng to a particular work\, with humor people usually either think something is funny or they don’t. As with art\, however\, there are subtleties regard ing the degree to which someone wants to participate in or play along with a jest. So it is not surprising that humor in art has a wide variety of man ifestations. Richard Prince uses Borscht Belt–jokes that continue to delive r head-shaking laughs after all of these years\, even in serious art contex ts. Matt Johnson and Sarah Lucas manipulate or reassociate everyday objects to elicit a knowing smile.

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I greatly value the place of humor in a rt. When asked about what I look for in the artists and art I choose to exh ibit\, I often cite humor as a criterion. I am not looking for the roll-on- the-floor\, laughing-my-head-off type of humor I seek from my friends or fr om entertainment\, but rather an acknowledgment of the often absurd nature of life. Art that seems to know our everyday lives are tough\; art that und erstands we seek solace as well as inspiration\, insight\, and yes\, even a musement.

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I think all of the works included in Funny. are. You may or may not find them so\, and that is exactly the point. Art and h umor are highly personal\, highly individual. Yet we all recognize that the ability to hold an audience with an object or a joke—or both—is an ability imbued with immense power.

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Heidi Zuckerman Jacobs on is the Chief Executive Officer and Director\, Chief Curator of the Aspen Art Museum. Six years into her tenure with the institution\, the Aspen Art Museum is a revitalized\, re-imagined\, and dynamic institution. With well over 100 exhibitions curated during her career\, Ms. Zuckerman Ja cobson’s projects at the AAM include one-person exhibitions with Yutaka Son e\, Javier Téllez\, Pedro Reyes\, Jeremy Deller\, Aïda Ruilova\, Friedrich Kunath\, Mai-Thu Perret\, Jim Hodges\, Peter Coffin\, Fred Tomaselli\, Mark Bradford\, Sergej Jensen\, Mamma Andersson\, Cathy Wilkes\, Mark Manders\, Haegue Yang\, Stephen Shore\, Huma Bhabha\, Slater Bradley\, Ian Kiaer and Mark Grotjahn. From 2004 to 2005\, Ms. Zuckerman Jacobson served as the Ch air of the Art Curatorial Department at the University of California\, Berk eley Art Museum and Pacific Archive. While there from 1999 to 2004\, she wa s the appointed the Phyllis Wattis MATRIX Curator. In that position\, Ms. Z uckerman Jacobson directed an active exhibition program comprised of eight MATRIX shows per season.

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She curated more than forty early and impo rtant solo exhibitions of international contemporary artists such as Peter Doig\, Tobias Rehberger\, Shirin Neshat\, Teresita Fernández\, Julie Mehret u\, Doug Aitken\, Tacita Dean\, Wolfgang Laib\, Ernesto Neto\, Simryn Gill\ , Sanford Biggers\, and T.J. Wilcox. With more than 200 exhibitions present ed over the last twenty-five years\, the program has helped establish the c areers of many internationally renowned artists. Before her work at the Ber keley Art Museum and Pacific Archive\, Ms. Zuckerman Jacobson served as the Assistant Curator of 20th-Century Art at New York’s The Jewish Museum\, wh ere she was successful at integrating "of-the-moment" contemporary art into the museum's exhibition program. Ms. Zuckerman Jacobson holds a Bachelor o f Arts Degree in European History from the University of Pennsylvania\, a D iploma from the Royal Society of Art\, Christie’s London\, as well as a Mas ter of Arts Degree in Art History from CUNY Hunter College.

DTEND:20121027 DTSTAMP:20140901T082307 DTSTART:20120921 GEO:40.7497918;-74.0049713 LOCATION:FLAG Art Foundation\,545 WEST 25TH STREET \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Funny\, Lisa Anne Auerbach\, Lutz Bacher\, Darren Bader\, John Boc k\, Maurizio Cattelan\, Peter Coffin\, Simon Evans\, Fischli/Weiss\, Ceal F loyer\, Robert Gober\, Sara Greenberger Rafferty\, Joseph Grigely\, Matthew Higgs\, Jim Hodges\, Matt Johnson\, Mike Kelley\, Friedrich Kunath\, Hanna Liden\, Sarah Lucas\, Mads Lynnerup\, Jayson Musson (aka Hennessy Youngman )\, Alix Pearlstein\, Jack Pierson\, Richard Prince\, Rob Pruitt\, David Sh rigley\, Haim Steinbach\, Christopher Wool\, Erwin Wurm UID:230985 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR