LOL: The Art of Staged Comedy

November 8, 2018 to February 17, 2019

Sick of reality? Need a good laugh? Prescribe yourself a dose of humor and get immersed in the comical designs of Léon Bakst, Giorgio de Chirico, Susan Hilferty, Gregg Barnes, and many more! Explore hilarity on stage and screen, from slapstick and silent films to romantic comedies and sitcoms. Try your hand at stand-up, or at the stock characters of commedia dell’arte. Watch out for banana peels!

LOL: The Art of Staged Comedy is organized by Jody Blake, Former Curator, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, and Timothy Retzloff, Tobin Theatre Arts Fund Curatorial Assistant, McNay Art Museum. This exhibition is a program of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

Image: Gregg Barnes, Costume design for Gangster 1’s Bathing Suit in The Drowsy Chaperone, ca. 2006. Gouache, metallic paint, graphite, and acrylic on paper. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin.