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Global Pop Art

HNRS 2021 Sec. 011 - Fall 2022

Assistant Professor Allison Young School of Art

Tu 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
220 French House

This seminar examines the Pop Art movement of the late 1950s to early 1970s from an international perspective. British artist Richard Hamilton penned the first definition of Pop art in 1957, describing it as “popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business.” His words foretell the movement’s reputation for idolizing celebrities, kitsch and consumer culture. Yet, many Pop artists engaged critically with issues pertaining to a changing media industry and political order. Hamilton made art in response to the Kent State massacre in Ohio, for instance, while Warhol used photographs from Civil Rights protests. “GLOBAL POP” examines Pop art’s broad engagement with contemporary culture, from its critique of mass media to its folk art origins and links to music and film. It also widens the geographical range from the Euro-American focus on the movement. In the 1960s-70s, artists from Buenos Aires to Tokyo also responded to the transnational flows of image circulation and distribution, appropriated visual material from mass media, and reflected on economic globalization. We will explore manifestations of Pop art around the world, and consider how artists today continue to employ contemporary visual culture material using Pop or post-Pop strategies.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Arts