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.