"Punchline" at Jane Lombard Gallery

Danielle Wu, Artforum, July 7, 2022

As a student of celebrated French clown Philippe Gaulier said, “Once you can handle the insults, something inside you cracks and you can begin.” If the best kind of humor is crafted from inward rage, “Punchline” delivers. The group exhibition of eleven artists features works including Divya Gadangi’s Please Maintain Your Original Indian Beauty, 2014—a video game based on a disagreement Gadangi had with her mother over the artist’s changing hair color—and a video of a performance by Kalup Linzy that yearns for a freer future, even freedom from cringe.


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