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, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.