Covid Cutups

A very slender silver lining in the current pandemic is the ability of humans to find humor in an awful situation. Give people extra time on their hands and orders to self isolate and they get creative.

With so many art museums making their collections available for online viewing, it’s inevitable that people, cooped up in houses or apartments, will revive the old pastime of tableau vivant. The Getty Museum spurred some of these efforts with its challenge to recreate art in its collection with three household items.

The Astronomer, 1668, Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas, 19.6 in. x 17.7 in. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Image: Wikimedia Commons. Recreation on Twitter and via Facebook DM by Ann Zumhagen-Krause and her husband with tray table, blanket, and globe

On Instagram @covidclassics four roommates are recreating famous paintings with much ingenuity. For each post they show their version, the original painting, and a behind the scenes look at how they did it.

Then, why not adapt famous art works to be more relatable to your pets? Two self-isolating Londoners created a museum especially for their pet gerbils. Unfortunately, the gerbils take chewing the scenery literally. As is often the case, these museum goers have ignored the signs.

If you’ve come across other examples of humor to help us cope with our times, please send me the links. To quote Jimmy Buffet, “If we couldn’t laugh we’d all go insane.”


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7 responses to “Covid Cutups

  1. cjlk2012

    On Instagram, see flora.forager who is doing the same. Her flower artwork, prior to C-19, using petals is amazing. In her bio, she describes herself as “Petal painter, light seeker, magic weaver, flower nymph.” Also,

  2. Jane E Herbst

    The tableau vivant examples are great! I have also enjoying seeing evidence of good language-based humor including the quaran… portmanteaus making the rounds. My punster dad would have appreciated many of them!

  3. Haha, those are great I have been amazed by how this situation has brought out so much humor and creativity. This one really made me LOL –

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