Michael Smith Featured in Double Act: Art and Comedy Exhibition
Tue. May 31, 2016
This major exhibition explores how comedy is important in shaping meaning, and how it can help us negotiate the complexities of everyday life.
What we find funny can be cruel and hateful, it can establish symbolic boundaries that divide people into distinct groups, setting those with power against those without and vice-versa. But it is also a way of binding people together; providing consolation, a sense of shared experience and a powerful weapon of resistance.
Double Act presents the multiple forms of the comedic as it is manifest through the experience of contemporary art. Drawing together artists from diverse cultural and political contexts, each of whom share an interest in humour as a resource with which to animate their art practice and connect with an audience, both local and international, this exhibition will explore questions of cultural distinctiveness in an increasingly globalised world.
This project is staged across both the MAC’s galleries, and the galleries at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, with each venue presenting a different line up of artists simultaneously.
The exhibition will be on view until July 31, 2016.
Penelope Davies presents paper at the National Univesrity of Ireland
Sun. April 17, 2016
Penelope Davies presents a paper entitled, “Challenging the public transcript: vandalism and resistance in Republican Rome," at the National University of Ireland, Galway.