BHQFU Announces Fall Classes,
At Least One Will Be Funny

August 12, 2014 | Marina Galperina

The new course list is out! The mostly anonymous Bruce High Quality Foundation shifted focus to the Bruce High Quality Foundation University this summer, providing free seminar-style courses in art and criticism.

This Fall, the courses include Painting Critique (“slow, dense and intimate, we are going to say yes, and… to just about everything, as we slog through each others’ subjectivities and whatever embarrassing, annoying or generally bat-shit ideas we try to hang our subjectivity on”), Film/Video Critique; Show And Tell, a Sculpture Forum; Object Relations: Reading and Talking Together; Image Ecologies; and poetry (“to be announced”). Sean J Patrick Carney will teaching Humor and the Abject!

This seminar-based course will expose participants to various critical and theoretical frameworks on humor and its relationship to the abject. Abjection has been described and interpreted in many ways by a diverse group of thinkers and artists, though a consistent and integral aspect is that it represents that which exists between the subject and the object. In comedy, we witness regular engagement with the volatile, the vulgar, and the violent, as its practitioners employ their craft to explore the things that we think but dare not say. Throughout the semester, we will read various perspectives on humor and abjection, engage with regular visitors whose work explores these topics, and view examples of the wildly varied field of contemporary comedy.

It will also be funny.

There is no more “Chat Room” with Brad Troemel this time around. Womp. But you can come meet the teachers at the Fall Open House on September 6th and sign up in person between noon and 5pm. 34 Avenue A, 3rd floor. (Image: Art F City)