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Past Exhibitions: 2005


June 5–September 25, 2005

Beginning in the mid-1950s and peaking during the 1960s, the artistic movement known as Pop art has had a lasting impact on art of the later twentieth century. Drawing inspiration directly from contemporary society—including cheap consumer goods, comic books, movie and television entertainment, and advertising—Pop artists often focused on mundane imagery and referenced the buoyant mood and boom atmosphere of the post-World War II economy. Such seminal figures as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Jim Dine, Tom Wesselmann, and Claes Oldenburg, were among the movement’s leaders who created a defiantly new art form that has been among the most influential of the past fifty years.

Examining great works of Pop art from the the 1950s to 1972 against the social values, political events, and shifting aesthetics of the time, this exhibition revisits the impact of Pop art and argues for its continuing relevance in the twenty-first century.

Pop! is made possible in part by Borders Group, the Office of the Provost of the University of Michigan, Michigan Radio and Michigan Television, the Ann Arbor News, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the State Street Area Association, the Kerrytown District Association, the Main Street Area Association, and the Friends of the Museum of Art.

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Larry Rivers
American (United States), 1923-2002
Napoleon Standing Next to Chair
patent leather, felt, plastic, wool and spray paint on canvas
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family, 1997/1.135
Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Robert Indiana
American (United States)
born 1928
color lithograph
Gift of David L. Chambers and John G. Crane, 2002/1.234
© 2005 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Reproduction, including downloading of Robert Indiana's works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Roy Lichtenstein
American (United States), 1923-1997
Finger Pointing, from The New York Collection for Stockholm: 30 Artists
silkscreen on wove paper
Gift of Mr. Robert Rauschenberg
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Wayne Thiebaud
American (United States)
born 1920
ink on wove paper
Gift of Herbert Barrows
Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY