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Laughter in the Galleries at the Kimbell Art Museum

Laughter in the Gallery: Cartoons about Museums
Kimbell Art Museum
September 23, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.

Malcolm Warner, deputy director at the Kimbell Art Museum, will present Laughter in the Gallery: Cartoons about Museums as part of the Museum’s “Art in Context” series, on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. in the Darnell Street auditorium, across Van Cliburn Way from the Museum.

Art museums have been a happy hunting ground for cartoonists since the advent of illustrated newspapers and magazines in the early 19th century. It was a scene of people at an exhibition, published in Punch magazine as Cartoon No. 1 in 1843, that gave us the term “cartoon” for this kind of comic drawing. From Honoré Daumier to Saul Steinberg and the other witty draftsmen of The New Yorker, cartoonists have found more comic potential in the museum setting than one would have ever thought possible. By looking a little more seriously than usual at the scenes, encounters, and conversations that they have drawn and scripted, we can all get a fresh perspective on the “museum experience.”

Warner has lectured and published widely on European art from the 18th to the 20th century. Among the major exhibitions he has curated at the Kimbell are Stubbs and the Horse (2004-5), The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso (2007), and the current exhibition of film installations by Philip Haas.

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