AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently visited the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). This symposium explores the historical and cultural significance of two pioneering exhibitions of Pop Art that were held at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in 1963. At that time, the concept of Pop Art was under construction. Subjects addressed in the art-–consumer culture, food and other appetites, technology and the mass media, the Cold War, women’s roles–were live issues at the University. By showcasing artists whose work was too raw or unusual to become part of the later art-world canon, our project helps revise historical understanding of the early 1960s and opens a window into creative life at the University.
Visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art at 525 South State Street Ann Arbor 48109. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 12–5 p.m. For more information, call 734.764.0395 or visit http://umma.umich.edu