If you’re here, it’s likely because you didn’t get some (or any) of the Sporcle Dad jokes. Well here is a guide to just what the heck was going on in that tiny little dad brain when it comes to American artists.
You should know that this is the first truly difficult Sporcle Dad quiz. Most of the quizzes take a subject then finds punchlines related to each of the Sporcle categories. Some pop culture knowledge and tangential thinking should do it. This quiz features punchlines related directly to the subject, in this case American artists, sometimes more obscure American artists. You might want to brush off that art history degree for this one. Enjoy!
Do you like Al Jaffe?
No, they just make me mad.
For over 60 years, Al Jaffee has been one of the Usual Gang of Idiots at Mad magazine. In 1964, Jaffee created the magazines “fold-in” feature to satirize the “fold-out” panels that were all the rage in magazines like Playboy.
Do you like Alexander Calder?
No, they will leave you hanging.
Do you like Al Hirschfeld?
No, they have a hidden agenda.
American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld was famous for his drawings of celebrities. His widely known secret was the inclusion of his daughter’s name, Nina, in many of his drawings.
Do you like Mary Cassatt?
Yes, they made a good impression on me.
Do you like Ray Harryhausen?
No, everything is so stop and go with them.
Academy Award winning visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen created groundbreaking animation effects for movies from Mighty Joe Young up to Clash of the Titans. Harryhausen developed a method of stop-motion animation known as Dynamotion.
Do you like Robert Indiana?
Oh yes, I just LOVE them.
Do you like Jasper Johns?
Yes, I would stand up and salute them.
Do you like Audrey Flack?
Yes, they tell it like they see it.
American artist Audrey Flack pioneered the photorealism movement, art that appears almost as a photo, almost as real as the eye perceives.
Do you like Christo and Jeanne-Claude?
Yes, they’ve really got this art stuff wrapped up.
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude created massive installations from miles-long “fences” to wrapped buildings, bridges, and even islands.
Do you like Dale Chihuly?
No, they really blow it with their work.
Do you like Lesley Dill?
Yes, with them, a thousand words is worth a picture.
Lesley Dill is a sculptor and mixed media artist whose works focus on the power of language.
Do you like William Edmondson?
No, their ideas are set in stone.
Born to freed slaves in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1874, William Edmondson became a sculptor late in life. His career as an artist was one of highs and lows. His art was shown in New York at the Museum of Modern Art and in Paris, but he was also dismissed as a novelty. Harper’s Bazaar tried to write a story about him but was stopped by publisher William Randolph Hearst.
Do you like Shepard Fairey?
Yes, I’ve got high hopes for them.
Do you like Patience Wright?
Yes, these young artists can’t hold a candle to them.
Patience Wright was the first recognized American-born sculptor. She worked in wax not unlike that in candles. Unlike candles, the sculptures she did of people like William Pitt and King George III did not include wicks.
Do you like Georgia O’Keeffe?
Yes, they’re a blossoming talent.
Georgia O’Keeffe painted landscapes and cityscapes, but she is best known for her paintings of flowers, some of which are thought to be subtle images of female genitalia.
Do you like James McNeill Whistler?
No, they’re tied so tight to their mother’s apron strings.
James McNeill Whistler is best known for his painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 better known as Whistler’s Mother. To be honest, in the painting, Anna McNeill Whistler is not wearing an apron.