Barbara Tober Delights Guests With An Exclusive Tour Of MAD’s “Funk You Too!” Show

May 11, 2023

In a celebration of artistic irreverence and humor, Barbara Tober, chair emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design, hosted a delightful private lunch and tour of the museum’s latest exhibition, Funk You Too!

Humor and Irreverence in Ceramic Sculpture. “I have been with this museum for many many years, and I have watched it grow and prosper and I’m so happy that you’re all in it today and enjoying it,” she expressed.

Curator Barbara Paris Gifford shed light on the exhibition’s fascinating concept, sharing, “Funk You Too! brings together 50 artworks from the 1960s to the present day that highlight clay as a compelling tool of critique and satire. In the exhibition, pieces by artists of the originating Funk Art generation are placed next to work by contemporary artists who are expanding on Funk’s legacy of humor, subversion, and expressive figuration.”

Director Tim Rodgers graciously welcomed a star-studded guest list, including Steven M. L. Aronson, Ariane Batterberry, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Suzi Cordish, Harlem resident Renee Cox, Susan Gutfreund, Maria Eugenia Maury Haseltine, Beverly Jacoby, Elizabeth Jacoby, Elbrun Kimmelman, Steven Ladd, William Ladd, Helen Little, Christopher Mason, Bob Morris, HE Sheikha Paula Al Sabah, Pat Schoenfeld, and Erin Vanderhoof.

Funk ceramics first emerged on the West Coast in the 1960s, crafted by a group of artists who rejected the conventional definition of “good art” and instead sought to challenge the art world’s expectations. While still influenced by the irreverent attitude and aesthetics of their predecessors, the contemporary artists featured in Funk You Too! are taking a more colorful and diverse approach to humor in clay. Using their art to address some of society’s most pressing social and political issues, these artists are carrying on the tradition of Funk into the future.

Don’t miss your chance to experience Funk You Too! Humor and Irreverence in Ceramic Sculpture, on view until August 27, 2023.

Photo credit: 1) Renee Cox and Barbara Tober. 2) Jessica Stoller and Diana Zuluaga. 3) Lucig Kebranian and Elizabeth Jacoby. 4) Steven Ladd and Erin Vanderhoof. 5) Andy Buck and Thomas Lollar. 6) Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Tober, Barbara Paris Gifford, Pat Schoenfeld, Maria Eugenia Maury. 7) William Ladd and Anisa Tavangar. 8) Bob Morris, Steven M. L. Aronson and Christopher Mason. by Patrick McMullan.

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