previews

Honolulu

“Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art”

Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
2411 Makiki Heights Drive
September 9 - October 31

Curated by Dominic Molon and Michael Rooks

Though sitcoms are a staple of American culture, will “Situation Comedy” be able to draw connections between Cary Leibowitz, Michael Smith, and Dave Muller and The Honeymooners, Golden Girls, and Friends? I hope so. The exhibition includes more than sixty works in traditional media (and video, of course) by nearly thirty artists, some of whom seem like naturals (John Waters, Richard Prince) and others (Dana Schutz, Rodney Graham) who may provide oblique insight into the pleasures of self-deprecation, pranks, and laugh tracks. An excerpt from David Sedaris’s essay collection Me Talk Pretty One Day complements a catalogue essay by the curators.

Travels to the Chicago Cultural Center, Feb. 4– Apr. 9, 2006; and other venues.