Pop América, 1965-1975
Exhibition Dates: February 21 – July 21, 2019
Exhibition Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Despite the wide appeal of Pop art’s engaging imagery, the broader public remains unaware of the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists working at the same time and alongside their U.S. and European counterparts. The Nasher Museum presents Pop América, 1965-1975, the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop. The exhibition will make a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period.
“We are incredibly honored to present this exhibition, which has been years in the making and reflects groundbreaking research by guest curator and Duke professor Esther Gabara,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “As the first exhibition to present a vision of Pop on the American continent as a whole, Pop América makes a critical contribution to understanding this artistic period and Latin America’s rich artistic heritage. At the same time, this will also be the first exhibition to consider Pop art throughout the Americas as an intentional strategy for communicating sensitive, politically challenging content.”
Pop América features nearly 100 works by a network of Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists connecting Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, introducing new historical frameworks that will reshape debates over Pop’s political neutrality, social inclusiveness and aesthetic innovations in the United States.
The artists in the exhibition create a vital dialogue that crosses national borders, and include Judith Baca, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jorge de la Vega, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. United by the common use of Pop’s rich visual strategies, the artists made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance and new media art, as well as social protest, justice movements and debates about freedom.
Pop América opened on October 4, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, at the McNay Art Museum, which is partnering with the Nasher Museum to stage the exhibition, and runs until January 13, 2019. The exhibition will be on view at the Nasher Museum from February 21 through July 21, 2019, before traveling to the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, from September 21 through December 8, 2019.
Pop América will be complemented by free programs and events, including an opening talk by Duke Professor Esther Gabara on Feb. 21; a conversation with artists Minerva Cuevas and Rupert Garcia on March 20; film screenings; Family Day events; gallery tours; a teacher workshop with artist Judy Bacca; a Duke student opening event on February 28 and more. Nasher Museum members at the Sustainer level and above are invited to an exclusive Director’s Preview celebration of the exhibition on February 20.