Dark Humor: African American Art from the University Museums, University of Delaware

July 16, 2016 - September 25, 2016

The term “black humor”–also known as “dark humor”–was coined by surrealist André Breton in 1935 to designate a subgenre of comedy in which pleasure arises from topics generally considered taboo. Dark Humor: African American Art from the University of Delaware presents work by contemporary black artists who employ this type of subversive humor to question the currency of cultural and racial stereotypes. The show was selected from the African American art collection at the University of Delaware and features paintings and prints produced between 1970 and 2008 by artists, including Camille Billops, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, and Peter Williams.

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Exhibition-Related Events

Real Talk: Cultural Bias in the Gallery
Aug 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dark Humor Panel Discussion: Joyce Scott, Lori Crawford, and Tiffany Barber
Sep 11 @ 1:00 pm

Film Screening and Discussion: Bamboozled
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm

Gallery Talk: Dark Humor
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm


This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.


This exhibition is made possible by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund and the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.