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Art exhibit challenges perceptions of humor, art

The Fed Galleries at KCAD is currently featuring a traveling exhibit called "Humor in Craft," presenting pieces by artists from around the world, suggesting that viewers open their mind when it comes down to what “funny” means.
Photography by Matt Gubancsik and Stephanie Facer

Photography by Matt Gubancsik and Stephanie Facer /Courtesy of KCAD

Photography by Matt Gubancsik and Stephanie Facer

Photography by Matt Gubancsik and Stephanie Facer /Courtesy of KCAD

Photography by Matt Gubancsik and Stephanie Facer

Photography by Matt Gubancsik and Stephanie Facer /Courtesy of KCAD

The Fed Galleries building, located in the Woodbridge North Ferris Building across the street from Kendall College of Art and Design, is hosting the traveling exhibition “Humor in Craft,” which features work by 32 artists from across the United States and abroad.

This art show was meant to explore the different ways we perceive humor. It overlaps our differences in humor perception and challenges typical approaches to contemporary art, according to the Society for Contemporary Craft, the institution who organized the exhibit. 

“The exhibit has play on craft work, for example there’s a piece that was glass blown,” says Sara Idziak, Gallery Manager. “That can be an art, but it can also be a craft too.”

No topic was off limits in this exhibit, and it presents a wide range of different categories including political, sarcastic and highly ironic artwork. One of the pieces on display in “Humor in Craft” is a metal foot holder with a spring on the heel, accompanied by a graphic design poster to show its use: easy access for bouncing your foot up and down.

“This is an example of an artwork that crosses all boundaries of craft and design,” Idziak says. “And it’s here being displayed as fine art.”

Humor in Craft is meant for anyone who has a sense of humor, says Idziak. Viewers don’t have to be an artist or have any background in art to understand what the message is.

A curator lecture with Brigitte Martin called “But Seriously…Talking About Humor in Craft” will take place on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building in room 217. The “Humor in Craft” exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 17.

Right alongside “Humor in Craft” is an animation gallery called “Crossing the Rubicon,” which displays contemporary animation and storytelling. This exhibit features five animations that contains a portion in the film in which the characters pass a point of no return and cross the rubicon. Viewers are encouraged to sit down and engage with each story. “Crossing the Rubicon” has been extended for viewing until April 15.

“Humor in Craft” and “Crossing the Rubicon” are located at The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design (Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, 17 Pearl Street NW).

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