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Artist Talk: Michael Portnoy

  • School of Art/Room 204 36 Edgewood Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

100 Beautiful Jokes. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2014. Best of 2014, Artforum

In the performance 100 Beautiful Jokes, Michael Portnoy proposes a new breed of joke. Rather than simply a means to laughter, the artist imagines the joke to be a thing of rare, complicated beauty to linger over and be emotionally transported by; something that makes you shudder for reasons slightly beyond reach. 

Michael Portnoy is a multimedia artist, choreographer, musician, and actor based in Amsterdam. His work is primarily an investigation of social exchange and the rules of communication and play.