Punching Up

Punching Up

Purchase College, State University of New York

Brendan Loper, Prenatal tests show a mostly healthy baby except for a predisposition to the arts and humanities, 2016. Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.
February 2, 2017
Punching Up

February 22–March 24, 2017

Opening: Wednesday, February 22, 6–7pm

Purchase College, SUNY
Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery
School of Art+Design
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
Hours: Monday–Friday noon–5pm


Punching Up, curated by Jon Lutz and Janine Polak, brings together visual artists working within various permutations of humor (irony, puns, deadpan, satire, etc.) in the service of critiquing those in power. Referring to a comedy-world golden rule of taking cultural hierarchies to task, the artists in Punching Up point out, examine, and combat issues of power. When done with intelligence and humanity, humor has a unique ability to dismantle the status quo, be subversive, raise consciousness, and address current issues. Racism, classism, gentrification, capitalism, elitism, and the art world itself are all subjects to be exposed and examined. Artists featured in the show work in a variety of mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and performance.

Artists included in the exhibition: Caroline Chandler, Desiree Des, Ryan Falkowitz, Rob Hult, Cary Leibowitz, Brendan Loper, Divya Mehra, Jayson Musson, Pope.L, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Alan Resnick, Buzz Slutzky, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Katie Vida

Public programs and workshops:

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30pm
An evening of stand-up comedy with Marcia Belsky, Lillian DeVane, and Guitler Raphael
Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery

Thursday, March 16, 4:30–7:30pm
Queering Performance: Humor, Identity, Documentary & Drag
With Buzz Slutzky and Loren Britton
Visual Arts Building, Room 1021
This workshop seeks to look at the continuum of how ideas of gender are expressed from performance to objects and beyond. This workshop will present research and utilize work by artists who engage in or perform the problematics of identity. We will discuss work that represent notions of sex, class, race and gender while challenging ideas of privilege, as well as how artists investigate the term queer, not as an identity but as a space that challenges the normative. The workshop will include a discussion of artwork, as well as a creative writing/making space where students will work with some of the ideas we have explored throughout the workshop. RSVP to [email protected]. Space is limited.

Tuesday, March 7, 2:30–5:30pm 
TEXTures in Blackness by Kameelah Rasheed x The Black School
Because blackness is not singular or static, participants will be challenged to explore the textures of blackness through printmaking. Participants will create prints through experimental printing techniques that make use of a variety of materials and processes to create highly textured final pieces that carefully integrate text mined from a wide range of writing by Black thinkers. RSVP to [email protected]. Space is limited.

Tuesday, March 21, 4:30pm
Divya Mehra: Visiting Artist Lecture
Visual Arts Building, Room 1016
Located in the Visual Arts Building, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon–5pm. Exhibitions and events in the gallery are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

About theSchool of Art+Design
The School of Art+Design, part of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, SUNY, offers premiere programs that prepare students for careers in the visual arts and design, as well as lives informed by aesthetic experience. The school honors tradition, encourages experimentation and collaboration, develops critical thinking, and embraces new concepts, materials, and technologies. A faculty of working artists is committed to creating a supportive climate in which students are passionate about learning to see, to think, to make and to reflect. Our students are leaders in cultural production throughout the world.

School of the Arts exhibitions and programs in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery are supported, in part, by the Purchase College Foundation and through an endowment from Richard and Dolly Maass.


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