Exposition au Metropolitan Museum of art de New York
Jusqu'au 4 mars 2012
The exhibition explores caricature and satire in its many forms from the Italian Renaissance to the present, drawn primarily from the rich collection of this material in the Museum's Department of Drawings and Prints. The show includes drawings and prints by Leonardo da Vinci, Eugène Delacroix, Francisco de Goya, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Enrique Chagoya alongside works by artists more often associated with humor, such as James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Honoré Daumier, Al Hirschfeld, and David Levine. Many of these engaging caricatures and satires have never been exhibited and are little known except to specialists.
In its purest form, caricature—from the Italian carico and caricare, "to load" and "to exaggerate"—distorts human physical characteristics and can be combined with various kinds of satire to convey personal, social, or political meaning. Although caricature has probably existed since artists began to draw (ancient examples are known), the form took shape in Europe when Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of grotesque heads were copied by followers and distributed as prints.
The exhibition's title derives from Hamlet, which is quoted in a Civil War print that uses the famous line: "I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest" to mock Lincoln.
Conférences le 16 octobre 2011 :
From Italian Caricatura to British Caricature, 2:00–2:40 p.m.
Douglas Fordham, assistant professor and director of graduate studies, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia
From Caricature to Comics: A Brief History, 2:40–3:20 p.m.
Patricia Mainardi, professor of art history, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
A Guerrilla Street Posterer's Field Guide on the Use Value of Art History (and Art Museums) in the Perpetration of Contemporary Caricature, 3:20–4:20 p.m.
Robbie Conal, guerrilla poster artist
Lectures to be followed by a panel discussion