A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 16, 2019
“Why did the artist cross the road?"/"To see from the other side.”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. An artist version is:

Q: Why did the artist cross the road?
A: To see from the other side.


The joke has been cited in print since at least March 7, 2011, when it was posted on the website of The Modern (Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX).


The Modern (Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX)
Why Did the Artist Cross the Road?
Posted by Terri on March 7, 2011 - 10:42am
Categories: On the Walls, Within the Walls
Why did the artist cross the road?

To see the other side

To see from the other side

To encounter the other on the other’s side

To see where he had been ...

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The Paint Bar
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Why did the artist cross the road? To see from the other side. #ClassicJokeTuesday
1:52 PM · Oct 2, 2012·Sprout Social

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Whitewall Galleries
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@Tate
Why did the artist cross the road?
To see from the other side… #artjoke
7:26 AM · Mar 15, 2013·Twitter Web Client

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Smyth Galleries
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Why did the artist cross the road? To see from the other side. #AverageArtJokeThursday
5:50 PM · Nov 27, 2013·Hootsuite

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DC Collaborative
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Why did the artist cross the road?
To see from the other side.
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Framers Gallery Inc
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Why did the artist cross the road?.......To see from the other side! #FridayFunnies
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LouisvilleArtsDistrict
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Q. Why did the artist cross the road?
A. To see from the other side.
Join us for FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
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KidCreate Studio
April Fools Day – Art Jokes That Make Kids Giggle!
by Cindy Reiners | Mar 24, 2019 | Family Fun
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Why did the artist cross the road? To see from the other side.

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