Carol Zemel, “Funny Looking: Thoughts on Jewish Visual Humour”

Gerstein Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture Series

Jewish humour is widely acknowledged in western culture. From Sholem Aleichem to Woody Allen to Michael Chabon, funny Jews are everywhere. Even Sigmund Freud's study, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, relies largely on Jewish jokes. Whether in story, film, or comedy routine, this tradition has been bound to text and stories rather than visual images. Prof. Zemel will examine not only what makes images funny, but also how they perform the subversions, critiques and delight that are humour’s domain. Ken Aptekar, Zoya Cherkassky, Ben Katchor, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Hannah Wilke, are among the Jewish artists she will discuss.

Carol Zemel is Professor Emerita of Visual Art and Art History at York University. For more information, please click here.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating.

Date & Time
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street