Discussion Questions: Jeff Koons’s Michael Jackson and Bubbles

Jeff Koons, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988; collection SFMOMA, purchase through the Marian and Bernard Messenger Fund and restricted funds; © Jeff Koons

  1. Do you see any humor in this work? If yes, describe the type of humor you see.
  2. How does this work differ from your expectations of what a work of art should be? What about the work makes it “art”?
  3. Why might an artist make a work that challenges our ideas of what art is?