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Pop América, 1965-1975

Original Traveling Exhibition

February 21 – July 21, 2019
Antonio Caro, Colombia, 1976. Paint on metal, 19.5 x 27.5 x 1.13 inches (49.53 cm x 69.85 cm x 2. 86 cm). MIT List Visual Arts Center. Purchased with funds from the Alan May Endowment.

Despite the wide appeal of Pop art’s engaging imagery, the broader public remains unaware of the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists working at the same time and alongside their U.S. and European counterparts. The Nasher Museum presents Pop América, 1965-1975, the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop. The exhibition will make a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period.

“We are incredibly honored to present this exhibition, which has been years in the making and reflects groundbreaking research by guest curator and Duke professor Esther Gabara,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “As the first exhibition to present a vision of Pop on the American continent as a whole, Pop América makes a critical contribution to understanding this artistic period and Latin America’s rich artistic heritage. At the same time, this will also be the first exhibition to consider Pop art throughout the Americas as an intentional strategy for communicating sensitive, politically challenging content.”


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Pop América will feature nearly 100 works by a network of Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists connecting Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, introducing new historical frameworks that will reshape debates over Pop’s political neutrality, social inclusiveness and aesthetic innovations in the United States.

The artists in the exhibition create a vital dialogue that crosses national borders, and include Judith Baca, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jorge de la Vega, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. United by the common use of Pop’s rich visual strategies, the artists made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance and new media art, as well as social protest, justice movements and debates about freedom.

Pop América will open October 4, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, at the McNay Art Museum, which is partnering with the Nasher Museum to stage the exhibition, and run until January 13, 2019. The exhibition will be on view at the Nasher Museum from February 21 through July 21, 2019, before traveling to the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois,from September 21 through December 8, 2019.

Opening in fall 2018, the 50th anniversary of 1968 and a landmark year of social unrest, this exhibition will illustrate a time of great sociopolitical change. Across the Americas, artists involved in student, labor and ethnic movements used Pop to resist dictatorships in Brazil and Argentina, to picture the utopia of the Cuban Revolution, to criticize aggressive state modernization and violence in Mexico and Colombia, and to battle for civil rights in the United States.

Pop América was organized at the Nasher Museum by guest curator Esther Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Duke.

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Pop América, 1965-1975 is a recipient of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize. The Sotheby’s Prize is an annual award to support and encourage museums to break new ground. The grant aims to recognize curatorial excellence, and to facilitate exhibitions that explore overlooked or underrepresented areas of art history.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pop América, 1965-1975 is also supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions, Fox Family Foundation, Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan, Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle, Ann Chanler and Andrew Scheman, and Parker & Otis.

Additional thanks to the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and to its President and Founder, Ariel Aisiks.

At the McNay Art Museum, this exhibition is made possible by The Brown Foundation, Inc. and the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992.

Pop América, 1965-1975 is co-organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas. The exhibition is guest curated by Esther Gabara, E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.



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