Hennessy Youngman is the YouTube persona of Philadelphia-based art critic Jayson Musson that breaks down the complexities of the art world for all to understand. The Hennessy Youngman character is the exaggerated everyman that is equally good at making his audience laugh as he is at informing the masses of concepts relevant to the art world.
Hennessy Youngman provides insight into the conventions of making art along gender and racial lines. In his ‘Relational Aesthetics’ video, he pokes fun at the social skills of MFA graduates as well as the fact that big name artists no longer need to produce actual objects.
Both entertaining and informative, Hennessy Youngman’s video series isn’t just contemporary art criticism but art criticism as performance art.