"A Horse Walks in a Bar"
Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi
Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst
From 7th March 2020
During the Covid-19 lockdown, artists and their many patrons have had to go completely digital to view any new work. With that in mind, Culture Catch writer/artist/curator D. Dominick Lombardi takes us on a digital stroll thru his latest curated spectacle which examines humor in the world of fine art. Sadly, the show itself was only open to the public for two weeks prior to the entire world's shutdown. But thankfully his narrated YouTube video above offers some historical context to the whit and whimsy represented by many of the artist in the show. It's far more engaging than just a rote history lesson.
"A Horse Walks Into a Bar" features pieces that reflect a very broad range of humor by artists: Isak Applin, Michelle Burdine, Chris Bors, Sally Curcio, Cynthia Consentino, Don Doe, Matthew Garrison, Rina Goldfield, Bill Gusky, Scott Hatt, Todd Herzberg, James Hilger, Amy Johnquest, Maria Karametou, Alex Kvares, Rick Krieger, China Marks, Nicholas Moore, Kirk Nachman, Brian Novatny, Rachel Phillips, David Terry, Brian Turkowski, Hans Van Meeuwen, Lucy White, and Robert Zott.
The video was created by Erin Alzapiedi, Fine Arts Center Marketing Assistant and UMass Amherst Class of 2020 and overseeing the production was Melissa Breor. Footage collected by Rosie Cruz, Director of Operations at the Fine Arts Center, and Lyle Denit, Facilities Manager at the Fine Arts Center.