The term Pop Art was first used around 1954 to describe a group of British artists, but by the early 1960s it had become synonymous with a new American art movement that appropriated images, techniques, and materials from mass media and popular culture and presented them in bold, graphic formats. Notable members of the movement included the painters Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann, and the sculptor Claes Oldenburg. While these artists worked in different styles, they were similarly captivated by everyday consumer products, advertisements, billboard signs, television, films, comic books, newspapers, and magazines. Humor and satire often accompanied their art, which held a mirror up to modern-day society to reflect its values, mores, and obsessions.
This installation of drawings and prints from the Museum's holdings includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Joe Brainard, Jim Dine, Richard Lindner, and Wayne Thiebaud.