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Introduction to International Pop

Introduction to International Pop

  • Speaker: Darsie Alexander (lead curator, International Pop)

Curator Darsie Alexander welcomes the artists and scholars who will participate in the day’s discussions and introduces the audience to the complex and exciting concepts in Pop art that form the premise of the exhibition.

The Internationality of Pop

  • Panelists: Erica Battle (associate curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art), Dávid Fehér (associate curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest), María José Herrera (director, Museum of Art, Tigre, Argentina), Hiroko Ikegami (associate professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies at Kobe University, Japan), and Christine Mehring (department chair and associate professor of art history, University of Chicago)

  • Moderator: Darsie Alexander

This panel investigates the reformulation of Pop art history to encompass the diverse and often culturally specific manifestations of Pop within various international spheres. Specifically, it traces the international trajectories of Pop and its critical points of contact with developments in art, such as Nouveau Réalisme (France), Neo-Dada (US), Anti-Art (Japan), Surnaturalism (Hungary), and Capitalist Realism (Germany).

It will ask how the unique conditions of such trends shaped Pop’s translation and internalization; how did Pop resonate differently according to the social, political, and aesthetic point of its emergence? And how might US art be recast within a more expansive network? Jumping off from the key themes of the exhibition, participants will speak from various positions and histories, and the dialogue will open up to the public at the panel’s conclusion.

Part of International Pop: Opening-Day Talks