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 Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.