The American pop art of Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist and Roy Lichtenstein are among works in the new "American POP!" exhibit now at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. The selections are from the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and will be on display through Sept. 8.
In the 1960s, artists embraced the vibrant urban landscape and economic boom following World War II, according to a Figge release. "Pop Art" glorified and parodied the things of everyday life, adopting images from mass media, cartoons and advertisements, the museum says. "An extroverted and energetic movement, Pop Art depicted everything previously considered unworthy of notice in the art world.
Artist and critic Max Kozloff noted in Pop Art, "Anything goes, just as anything goes on the street."
While critics prophesied Pop Art would die a quick death, "these familiar, often amusing images were an instant hit with the public and paved the way for artists to explore our relationship with the media and our everyday landscape," the Figge says.
Other activities scheduled to complement the exhibit include:
-- May 16 at 7 p.m.: Experience "American POP!" through the eyes of four local artists as they discuss the artworks from their point of view. -- Through Aug. 11: "Pushing the Envelope: Family Gallery."In conjunction with the exhibit, bring your family to explore the phenomenon of Pop Art through this hands-on exhibition. -- July 6 to Oct. 20: "Studio 1: Pop Art Soup." This Studio 1 installation will feature an entertaining video about artist Andy Warhol, a look at some of the iconic images that transformed the art of a generation and lots of fun art projects that use color and imagination in the Pop Art tradition. -- Saturdays and Sundays in May at 1:30 p.m.:Docent-led exhibition tours, free with membership or paid admission.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.