Re: Humor Across Cultures

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Posted by Jerry Silverman on March 17, 1999 at 13:19:03:

In Reply to: Re: Humor Across Cultures posted by Steve Price on March 17, 1999 at 06:04:40:

: Dear John,

: Your observation that we sometimes perceive humor in art from another culture, although that is not the creator's intent, is a good one and points up one more dimension of collecting ethnic art. I mentioned that Cameroon grasslands art often has such a quality for me, and I'm virtually certain that this is not how it is/was viewed by the folks for whom it was made. Nevertheless, I respond to it in my own cultural context (how could it be otherwise?), while absorbing some elements of the foreign culture at the same time.

: Regards,

: Steve Price

For what it's worth, I think the creators of the textiles we put so much time, money, and care into collecting would find OUR behavior pretty funny.


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