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Vocho (Yellow)

Vocho (Yellow), 2004, Margarita Cabrera, Mexican, b. 1973, vinyl, batting, thread, and car parts, 60 x 72 x 156 in., The Anne & William J. Hokin Collection. © Margarita Cabrera, photo courtesy of the artist.​​​​​​​​​​

Pop Departures

Oct 9 2014 – Jan 11 2015

Seattle Art Museum

Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

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Pop art was a radical departure from the painterly concerns of the 1950s, bringing consumer and media culture to the heart of artistic discussions for the first time. As a major artistic and intellectual challenge to the establishment at the time, the ripple effects of Pop art, and the discussions it inspired, had an impact far beyond the 1960s. To show the continued engagement with some of the themes arising from Pop art, Pop Departures will chart connections to subsequent decades with works by major contemporary artists for whom Pop art was an inspiration, a central point of departure, or a vehicle for critique.

The pioneers of American Pop will be represented with key works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, John Chamberlain, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, and Mel Ramos. The exhibition will further examine a new generation of artists in the 1980s—including Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Raymond Pettibon—who began to rethink ideas of commodity culture in a new social and political climate. And finally, Pop Departures will consider contemporary artistic positions in relation to commodity culture and celebrity with recent work by Josephine Meckseper, Elad Lassry, Margarita Cabrera, Mickalene Thomas, and Ryan Trecartin.


The exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Special Exhibitions at SAM are made possible by donors to
​​SAM Fund for Special Exhibitions

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