The humours

Curator Hannah Mathews

Sat 07 October—Sat 16 December

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

Free Event

The humours will make you laugh, but it is just as likely to make you squirm.

The exhibition brings together artists from around the world to explore how comedy and absurdity is used to reveal more serious concerns about race, labour, gender and politics.

This show of commissions and recent works pays particular attention to the roles physicality and language play in unsettling preconceptions through comedy. What for example, does it mean to dissect the body language of the famously outspoken African- American comedian Richard Pryor—muted across seven video screens—as artist Glenn Ligon does?

Simultaneously transgressive and thought-provoking, challenging and hilarious, The humours forces you to reconsider what tickles your own funnybone, and why.

Artists: Gabriel Abrantes, Barbara Cleveland, Matthew Griffin, Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley, and Mika Rottenberg.

Opening Event

Sat 07 October, 3—5PM

Presented in association with Monash University Museum of Art

Matthew Griffin’s work has been co-commissioned by Melbourne Festival.

Glenn Ligon, Live, 2014, Seven channel video, Duration: 80 minutes. Installation view Glenn Ligon: We Need to Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is, Luhring Augustine Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY (January 16—April 17, 2016). Photography: Farzad Owrang.