Sudden Glory: Sight Gags and Slapstick in Contemporary Art

January 19, 2002 to March 09, 2002

With a title derived from philosopher Thomas Hobbes's description of laughter as "sudden glory," this exhibition offers a reinterpretation of the importance of slapstick in contemporary art. Inspired by such precedents as Bruce Nauman's early Samuel Beckett-inspired performances and Paul McCarthy's libidinal vaudeville, the artists in this show elaborate on a grammar of sight gags and pratfalls that conjure physical failings even as they evoke a longing for transcendence.

Featured artists

Ingar Dragset & Michael Elmgreen
Martin Kersels
Jim Lambie
Steve McQueen
Helen Mirra
Hirsch Perlman
John Pilson
Matthew Ronay
David Shrigley
Roman Signer
Marijke van Warmerdam
John Wood
Paul Harrison