Originally Posted Online: May 09, 2013, 11:03 am
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Figge opens Pop Art exhibit

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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John Baeder's "Yankee Clipper Diner" (1980) is one of the American Pop Art works from the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, now on exhibit at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport.

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.

For more information, visit figgeartmuseum.org.