I came across 'Too Many Cooks' on Facebook. It is a video produced by Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network and directed by Chris 'Casper' Kelly who probably best known for his writing on the show 'Aqua Team Hunger Force', however, honestly I am not an avid watcher of Cartoon Network. The 'Too Many Cooks' video (above) starts as a typical 1990s era sitcom would begin. The catchy tune, the yellow letters denoting the name of the show as well as the name of the actor, the explicit acknowledgement of the viewer by breaking the 'fourth wall.' It transitions almost seamlessly through several 90s sitcoms and dramas and even makes a foray into animated programs from that era as well. The whole time it builds a feeling of extreme nostalgia for the viewer, especially if they are like me and watched television in the 90s. The video is longer than most internet-based videos I have seen before. Those last a few minutes at the most, but 'Too Many Cooks' lasts a whopping 11:12 seconds! Yet somehow it went viral in the last week or so. Towards the end of this video, trying not to give too much away, the facade of these sitcom intros breaks down. We are lead behind the sets of the various intros we've just watched and there's a killer on the loose. This killer makes is way through a few tv show intros, killing many characters and ultimately chasing one of these characters into a closet. This breaks down even further when we learn at the end that the intros are really an affliction being suffered by a man dreaming and this affliction is treated like some kind of infectious disease and spreads to the doctor treating the dreaming man.
December 12, 2014–July 12, 2015
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery, 4th Floor
This exhibition will be amazing! Featuring works by an exceptional Indian-American artist. Chitra Ganesh. Her work draws from South Asian comics, mythology, pop culture and feminist influences to create a works in a variety of media. This is personally exciting for me as a former curatorial intern at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and as an Organizer of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series at Pratt Institute where I had the chance to invite Chitra for an artist talk.