Pop Art Prints has arrived at our Mennello Museum of American Art.
In the 1950s and 1960s, pop art offered a stark contrast to abstract expressionism, then the dominant movement in American art. The distinction between high art and popular culture was assumed until artists challenged a whole range of assumptions about what fine art should be.
Pop Art Prints presents a selection of 37 prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection. The installation includes works from primarily the 1960s by Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. The installation is part of a series that highlights objects from the museum’s collection that are rarely on public view.
The exhibit will run through September 11.
With humor and punch, Pop Art Prints provide a graphic glimpse in to societal changes and concerns by these artists so prevalent in America during the 1960s and 70s,” Mennello Museum of American Art executive director Shannon Fitzgerald said.