This installation presents works by some of the central figures in the history of international pop art, from David Hockney in Great Britain and Gerhard Richter in Germany to Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol in New York. It accompanies an undergraduate seminar that considers historical accounts of how a mass cultural iconography defined artistic production at that time, while also addressing some of the era’s key theoretical questions concerning the relationship between avant-garde and mass culture in the 20th century.
Hung in conjunction with the course European and American Pop Art, 1955–1975 (FRSEMR 32H, Fall 2015) taught by Benjamin Buchloh, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art. The University Teaching Gallery serves faculty and students affiliated with Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. Semester-long installations are mounted in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate courses, supporting instruction in the critical analysis of art.
The installation complements the special exhibition in the adjacent galleries, Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, which situates Kent’s work within the pop movement, presenting it alongside works by her contemporaries such as Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.
This installation is made possible in part by funding from the Gurel Student Exhibition Fund and the José Soriano Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.