Emily Peacock die laughing

September 17, 2021 – January 15, 2022 John M. O'Quinn Gallery

About the Exhibition

die laughing presents new work by Houston-based artist Emily Peacock. Through photography, video, sculpture, performance, and installation, this exhibition explores humor and levity as coping mechanisms for tragedy. For nearly a decade, Peacock has used comedy to confront essential yet challenging aspects of the human condition. 

die laughing is accompanied by a series of public programs and a limited-edition box set of artist multiples co-designed by the artist and Molly Sherman with an essay by Natalie Zelt, Ph.D., Terra Foundation for American Art Fellow in American Photography at Rijksmuseum.


Emily Peacock is Houston-based artist whose work explores her familial and personal experiences. She received her MFA in Photography/Digital Media from the University of Houston and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Sam Houston State University.  Peacock was a 2013-2014 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant  In 2016, she received the Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant; in 2019, the New Faculty Research Grant.  She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Vienna, Austria, and the United Kingdom. Peacock’s work is in the collections of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Essay by Natalie Zelt, Ph.D., Terra Foundation Fellow in American Photography at the Rijksmuseum and Visiting Researcher/Scholar in the African & African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin.