Clark to Host Lecture on “Dark Humor and the African Image”

Thursday, February 16, 2017
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

Tiffany Barber
Clark University will host a free lecture by Tiffany Barber titled “Dark Humor and the African Image,” as part of their spring symposium “What’s So Funny?”

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in the Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons. 

The Lecture 

During the lecture, Barber will discuss how African American artists use satire, visual puns, farce, absurdity, kitsch, and the bizarre to present reverent, positive images of blackness in order to counteract the experience of slavery and racism.  

She will draw upon her recent exhibition, “Dark Humor: African American Art from the University of Delaware,” to consider the significance of humor in contemporary art.  

Barber will discuss how black artists such as Camille Billops, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, and Peter Williams employ subversive humor to question the currency of cultural and racial stereotypes.

Barber is a scholar, curator, and writer of twentieth and twenty-first-century visual art and performance with a focus on artists of the black diaspora living and working in the United States.

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