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The Humours

7 October – 16 December 2017

Gabriel Abrantes, Barbara Cleveland, Matthew Griffin, Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, and Mika Rottenberg

Hannah Mathews

The Humours is an international group exhibition that brings together new and recent works to consider how artists employ strategies of comedy and absurdity. Rather than identifying 'what is funny', the exhibition looks more closely at 'what makes funny' and how artists use various comedic personalities, strategies and tropes (including bodily movement, scripted dialogue, timing, exaggeration of scale and situation) to reveal more serious concerns about race, labour, gender and history.

With a particular focus on the delivery of comedy and absurdity through physicality and language, The Humours includes moving image, photographic, installation and performance works by five artists and one artist-led collective. The exhibition continues MUMA's commitment to provide a safe space for challenging ideas – with humour allowing us to look more closely at the complexities of contemporary living.

Image: Barbara Cleveland, Bad timing 2017. Installation view, The Humours, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2017. Photo: Andrew Curtis

The Humours


Related Programs
The Humours: Special floor talk

Sunday 22 October, 11am–12pm
Screening Program: Nathaniel Mellors, Ourhouse (2010- )

Every Tuesday and Saturday, from 21 November until 16 December

Boiler Room Lecture: Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Installation Views
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Presented in association with Melbourne Festival.