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Maker(s):Fawcett, John S.
Culture:American (1939-)
Title:The Disneyland in My Teenage Mind
Date Made:unknown
Type:Drawing; Collage
Materials:Ink, collage and mixed media on Strathmore Artist Ivory wove paper
Measurements:Mat: 27 in x 32 in; 68.6 cm x 81.3 cm; Sheet: 23 in x 29 1/8 in; 58.4 cm x 74 cm
Accession Number:  UM 1970.45
Credit Line:Purchase with funds from a Fine Arts Council Grant
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Label Text:
Curatorial Fellowship exhibition: What's So Funny: How Humor Makes Us Think, March 21 - April 28, 2019
Fawcett’s mixed-media drawing, created in the mid-20th century, addresses voyeurism and women’s sexuality with disturbing levity. Women are considered entertainment; stripped of their agency, they are transformed into objects for a viewer’s pleasure, as Mickey Mouse points out to Mr. Disney. This idea is emphasized by placing the nude figures within window frames, as if displaying them for show. The blatant objectification reminds us of our society’s problematic tolerance — and even expectation — of the sex-obsessed teenage (boy’s) mind and the normalization of such portrayals. With this drawing, we ask: Should we be laughing? Or, is some humor a cover for conversations our society would rather not have? - Kayla Peterson (M.A. Art History, 2020) and Siyu Shen (M.A. Art History, 2020)

women; nudes; cartoons; humor; architecture; figures

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