International Pop

October 11, 2015 to January 17, 2016 | Barrel Vault and Hanley, Lamont, Rachofsky, and Stoffel Galleries

International Pop, organized by the Walker Art Center, chronicles the global emergence of Pop in the 1960s and early 1970s. While previous exhibitions and prevailing scholarship have primarily focused on the dominance of Pop activity in New York and London during this time, this exhibition examines work from artists across the globe who were confronting many of the same radical developments, laying the foundation of the emergence of an art form that embraced figuration, media strategies, and mechanical processes with a new spirit of urgency and/or exuberance. This groundbreaking exhibition follows the trajectories of Pop and its critical points of contact with global developments in art such as Nouveau Réalisme (France), Concretism and Neo-Concretism (Brazil), The Art of Things (Argentina), Anti-Art (Japan), Capitalist Realism (Germany), Happenings, and Neo-Dada.

Visiting from out of town? Click here to find out about our International Pop and Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots package at the Fairmont Hotel. 

International Pop will require a $16 special exhibition ticket.

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$16 with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.

Programs

Opening Day Tour: International Pop

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Join Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and curator of International Pop, for a tour of the new exhibition.

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International Pop Cinema

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This daily film screening runs concurrently with the International Pop exhibition and brings together a variety of works from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s that are rarely considered alongside one another. This collection of films lends another perspective to International Pop by examining cinema as an extension of Pop practice around the world.

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International Pop Artist Panel

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Gabriel Ritter, The DMA’s Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, will lead a conversation with artists featured in International Pop—including Eduardo CostaJann Haworth, and Ushio Shinohara—about the multiple narratives of Pop art and the artists’ contributions to the movement. 

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Artist Performance featuring Ushio Shinohara

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Watch a public demonstration of Ushio Shinohara’s Boxing Painting, in which the artist uses paint-soaked sponges attached to boxing gloves to create his unique brand of action painting.

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Oshima Nagisa’s Band of Ninja (1967)

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When budgetary constraints prevented Director Oshima Nigisa from making a live-action version of Band of Ninja, an epic 17-volume manga by Sanpei Shirato about the son of a defeated warlord who joins a peasant rebellion to avenge his father’s death, Oshima ingeniously used camera movements and voiceover dialogue to bring the original drawings to life.
This film is in Japanese with English subtitles. (This film is not rated; 100 min.)

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Niki de Saint Phalle and Peter Whitehead’s Daddy (1973)

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For many Europeans and Americans in the 1960s and 1970s, the dark world of suffering that had been forged in the first half of the 20th century was ready to be contested. While the world created by daddies was steeped in trauma, daughters became seduced by apocalyptic fantasies of overturning the oppressive triptych of patriarchy, religion, and the military-industrial complex. Peter Whitehead and Niki de Saint Phalle's 1973 film presents an angry retort to oppressive regimes, particularly that most destructive one of childhood sexual abuse. (This film is not rated; 90 mins.)
Due to mature content, viewer discretion is advised. 

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Gallery Talks

First and third Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during lunchtime gallery talks.

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