My Favorite Art Joke

I finally located the original text of my favorite joke, as published long ago in Ian Shoales’ San Francisco Chronicle column. I’ve told this joke over and over and mangled it and never done it justice. So here it is.

How many deconstructionists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Even the framing of this question makes a grid of patriarchal assumptions that reveals a slavish devotion to phallocentric ideas – such as, technical accomplishment has inherent value, knowledge can be attained and quantities of labor can be determined empirically, all of which makes a discourse which further marginalizes the already disenfranchised.

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