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Laugh It Off: Skype Lecture and Curated Screening of Comedic Shorts with Mike Calway-Fagen

  • 339 Pine Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 USA (map)

Artist, curator and all around son of a gun, Mike Calway- Fagen joins us from Bloomington, Indiana via magical cables and satellites to curate a screening of comedy shorts exploring the connections between comedy and art. 

"During a sketch comedy performance an actor follows a script and is expected to perform in tune, with eventual laughter the outcome. At times, not everything goes as planned. These professionals stumble, they break character, and even laugh at their own botched attempt at mastery. They become unstuck, they are neither performer nor audience and aren't laughed at or with. They are something entirely different. When we laugh as Gilda Radnor can't hold it together we experience what collective vulnerability is, how frail the body and mind are, and how redeeming empathic embarrassment is." 

Mike Calway-Fagen is a visual artist, writer, and curator based in the Midwest where he teaches at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. He received a BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an MFA from the University of California San Diego. Mike attended the Skowhegan  School of Painting and Sculpture, was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and an Artist in Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. 

We will have complimentary fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice at the request of the artist. 

This event is made possible with the generous support of Burlington City Arts, ArtsRiot, and Dominant Saw. It is free and open to the public.