Block Museum of Art “Pop América, 1965 – 1975” Exhibition Made Possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Block Museum of Art “Pop América, 1965 – 1975” Exhibition Made Possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Block Museum of Art announces its exhibition schedule for 2019 – 2020. Four major shows, highlighting the diversity of global modernisms, will present a mid-20th century view of art as it is entwined with culture and politics around the globe.

“Each of these exhibitions contributes to the recalibration of modernism’s presentation in the art museum,” said Kathleen Bickford Berzock, associate director of curatorial affairs at The Block. “The shows invite us to look at modernity, and the response of artists to its pressures and innovations, from different vantage points and to understand that there are many modernisms, rather than a single European-dominated movement.”  

The season aligns with the museum’s commitment to present art across time, cultures and media. 

“The exhibitions encourage an important conversation about the global nature of modernism,” said Lisa Corrin, The Block’s Ellen Philips Katz Director. “These artworks exemplify a spirit of visual and political revolution that crossed beyond national borders and inspired a generation of artists. This is a crucial moment to revisit these histories and explore the fundamental connections between them.”  

The exhibition schedule is as follows:

“Pop América, 1965 – 1975”
Sept. 21 to Dec. 8, 2019 

“Pop América, 1965 – 1975” is the first exhibition to unify Latin American expressions of Pop and explore how its bold and colorful imagery, references to mass culture and representations of everyday objects, signs and symbols were embraced by artists working across the Western hemisphere. The exhibition makes a timely and critical contribution to understanding impulses behind Pop Art from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s.

The exhibition reshapes debates over Pop’s perceived political neutrality and aesthetic innovations and expands ideas of Pop beyond the U.S. and Britain. “Pop América” features nearly 100 artworks by artists working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the United States...

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