The painting depicted three black men totally naked, sitting on
a park bench.
Two of the men had black penises, but the one seated in the
middle had a pink penis.
The curator of the gallery realized the confused couple were
having trouble with interpreting the painting and offered his
assessment. He went on and on for nearly half an hour
explaining how it depicted the sexual emasculation of African-
Americans in a predominantly white, patriarchal society.
“In fact,” he pointed out, “some serious critics believe that the
pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological
oppression expressed by gay men in a contemporary society.”
After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and
“Would you like to know what the painting is really about?”
“Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the
curator of the Gallery,” asked the couple.
“Because I’m the guy who painted it,” he replied.