Curatorial Work > Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD (2010-2012) > LOL: A Decade of Antic Art (2011) > LOL Brochure
Although humor has long been discussed in relationship to contemporary art, I knew of no surveys of pranks, hoaxes and humorous interventions, despite the dozens of artists who routinely work this way. In 1997, I started using "antic art" as a catch-all term to characterize these practices. As this field is vast, "LOL" focused on the last decade, featuring only two works from the 90s.
The exhibition was divided into four categories: 1) Everyday hoaxes, 2) Activist Antics, 3) Artworld Pranks and 4)Theatrical Antics. One benefit of in-house publishing is that the brochure features installation shots, giving readers a sense of the exhibition's tight quarters. Some spectators commented that the exhibition's unconventional layout itself was a prank, which was a happy accident. In truth, it was the best I could do, given the museum's proportions.
Gallery visitors seemed to enjoy it, many staying for several hours to watch all of the videos. Critics seemed non-plussed, though I've since noticed several museum exhibitions with similar foci.