Art Talk: Laugh
April 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday April 30, 2017 3:00 to 4:30 pm
In a turbulent socio-political climate, how do artists use humor as a vehicle to critique power structures? Join ESMoA for an afternoon of discussion and laughter among Experience 27: ELSEGUNDISSIMO. A moderated panel of artists, comedians, improvisors, and historians will explore the way art can not only entertain, but also help us to think critically about the issues pertaining to our world.
Chelsea Hogan, Museum Education Specialist/Improviser, Founder of MuseumProv
Andrea Kitts Senn, LA-based artist and designer
Karen Kleinfelder, Director, School of Art, CSULB
Alex Kojfman, Stand-up comedian
Dave Williamson, Stand-up comedian
Joan Mace, Education Specialist, ESMoA
(Left to right) Chelsea Hogan, Andrea Kitts Senn, Karen Kleinfelder, Alex Kojfman, Dave Williamson
WANT TO ASK A QUESTION?
Submit it in advance by sending an email to [email protected] with the words ART TALK: LAUGH in the subject line.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Chelsea Hogan is a Museum Education Specialist, an Improviser, and Founder of MuseumProv. She holds a Masters in Teaching Museum Education from the George Washington University and a Bachelors in Art History from Ithaca College. She has been a “serious” Improviser for the past five years, performing and teaching regularly throughout Los Angeles. Recently, she began blending her two passions through MuseumProv. MuseumProv puts some of LA’s best Improvisers in museums to create encounters with art that are funny and entertaining, while sparking public interest in learning more about collections. In addition, Chelsea trains people in Improv methods to sharpen public speaking and flexibility skills, and helps them have serious fun with art. Chelsea is passionate about connecting people through Improv and innovative object-based programming in museums. She is currently Public Programs Specialist at the Getty Villa, while writing and performing sketch and Improv, Musical Improv, and operating MuseumProv in her spare time.
Andrea Kitts Senn holds a BA in Marketing and Communications from the University of Zuerich and spent 15 years in International Advertising in Europe and the US. In 2001 she earned a certificate in Furniture and Product Design from UCLA’s Architecture and Interior Design program and collaborated on a collection of home furnishings with the design collective Hausarrest, in Venice CA. In 2003 she was invited by Serralunga Italia to design a collection for their commercial series. For the last ten years she has been collaborating with manufacturers, fabricators and craftsman, fellow artists and designers creating custom commercial and residential furniture and one-of-a kind objects. Andrea’s work has been included in curated gallery and museum shows and she is currently exploring public art projects that allow the viewer to interact with the art.
Karen L. Kleinfelder, Ph.D., submitted the following statement: “It seems that I have given the best years of my life to a dead artist: Picasso. Graduating from the University of Michigan in 1989, I wrote my Honors undergraduate thesis, masters thesis, and dissertation on various aspects of Picasso’s art. Published writings include The Artist, His Model, Her Image, His Gaze: Picasso’s Pursuit of the Model and Essays in Picasso: Inside the Image and Fingering Ingres. My interests go beyond Picasso, however. I have taught seminars on Surrealism and gender, Bataille’s informe, mind/body/cyborg, and real places/imaginary spaces. We put theory into practice by curating an exhibition in conjunction with each seminar. I am an art historian at home in a studio crit as much as in the slide room, and I thrive best when art history crosses disciplines and performs in unruly, hybrid ways.”
Alex Kojfman is originally from Toronto, Canada, and has performed all across Canada, and in New York, Chicago and Miami, in England, Israel, Argentina, and Belgium. He created the Colors of Comedy showcase to promote diversity in comedy, and has successfully taken it to several cities and campuses in Canada Alex’s stand up has been featured on Sirius XM. He currently runs at a very successful room in Santa Monica’s Hi De Ho Comic Book shop. Aside from stand up, he continues to write and produces a podcast about TV called Script vs Screen.
Dave Williamson. After years of working his way through his family’s Car Business in Miami, Dave Williamson decided he enjoyed making his customers laugh more than he did making them deals. Since then, Dave was deemed “Best Comedian” by the Miami New Times, has excelled in almost every prestigious U.S. Comedy Festival, and performed on NickMom’s “NickMom Night Out”, as well as “Laughs” on FOX. He even founded and produces THE GUNDO COMEDY FESTIVAL which is entering it’s 3rd year in El Segundo, CA. Dave recently recorded his second album, to be released soon by Stand Up Records, whom also produced his highly rated debut album “Thicker Than Water”. Dave regularly performs at all of the legendary Los Angeles comedy clubs and also tours heavily. Often, his wife and two young sons join him on the road in their 25 Foot Travel Trailer, which was documented in a Web Series on Nickelodeon’s Nickmom network.