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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.