Pop América, 1965–1975

4 October 2018–13 January 2019

Exhibition Overview

Pop América

Hugo Rivera Scott, Pop América, 1968. Collage on cardboard.

In collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the McNay presents Pop América, 1965–1975—the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop art. Featuring Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists working at the same time as their counterparts in the United States and Europe, the exhibition makes a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period.

Pop América features nearly 100 artworks that connect Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the U.S., sparking a fundamental reconsideration and expansion of Pop. Introducing new historical frameworks reshapes debates over Pop’s perceived political neutrality, social inclusiveness, and aesthetic innovations in the U.S. 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 their use of Pop’s rich visual strategies, these artists have made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance, and new-media art, as well as social protest, justice movements, and debates about freedom.

Years in the making, the exhibition reflects groundbreaking research by guest curator and Duke professor Esther Gabara. As the first exhibition to present a vision of Pop throughout the Americas, Pop América is a long overdue contribution to the scholarship of this artistic period and Latin America’s rich artistic heritage. The significance of this exhibition was recognized in 2017 by Sotheby’s, which awarded the McNay and the Nasher funding from the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize, designed to support projects that explore underrepresented areas of art history.

After its premiere at the McNay, Pop América, 1965–1975 travels to the Nasher Museum of Art, before its third and final presentation at the Block Museum at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.

(Collection of the artist. © Hugo Rivera Scott. Photo by Jorge Brantmayer.)

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