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Pop América, 1965-1975

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
February 21, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Despite the wide appeal of Pop art’s engaging imagery, the broader public remains unaware of the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists working at the same time and alongside their U.S. and European counterparts. The Nasher Museum presents Pop América, 1965-1975, the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop. The exhibition makes a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period.

“We are incredibly honored to present this exhibition, which has been years in the making and reflects groundbreaking research by guest curator and Duke professor Esther Gabara,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “As the first exhibition to present a vision of Pop on the American continent as a whole, Pop América makes a critical contribution to understanding this artistic period and Latin America’s rich artistic heritage. At the same time, this will also be the first exhibition to consider Pop art throughout the Americas as an intentional strategy for communicating sensitive, politically challenging content.”

Pop América features nearly 100 works by a network of Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists connecting Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, introducing new historical frameworks that will reshape debates over Pop’s political neutrality, social inclusiveness and aesthetic innovations in the United States.

The artists in the exhibition create a vital dialogue that crosses national borders, and include Judy Baca, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jorge de la Vega, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. United by the common use of Pop’s rich visual strategies, the artists made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance and new media art, as well as social protest, justice movements and debates about freedom.


Antônio Henrique Amaral (Brazil); Asco [Collective] including Harry Gamboa, Jr. (California), Gronk (Glugio Nicandro) (California), Willie F. Herrón III (California), and Patssi Valdez (California); Luis Cruz Azaceta (Cuba); Judith F. Baca (California); Antonio Berni (Argentina); Antonio Caro (Colombia); Melesio Casas (Texas); Eduardo Costa (Argentina); Geraldo de Barros (Brazil); Jorge de la Vega (Argentina); Antonio Dias (Brazil); Marcos Dimas (Puerto Rico); Emory Douglas (Michigan); Felipe Ehrenberg (Mexico); Marisol (Escobar) (France); José Gómez Fresquet (Frémez) (Cuba); Rupert García (California); Rubens Gerchman (Brazil); Edgardo Giménez (Argentina); Alberto Gironella (Mexico); Beatriz González (Colombia); Juan José Gurrola (Mexico); Robert Indiana (Indiana); Carlos Irizarry (Puerto Rico); Roberto Jacoby (Argentina); Julia Johnson-Marshall (England); Nelson Leirner (Brazil); Roy Lichtenstein (New York); Anna Maria Maiolino (Brazil); Raúl Martínez (Cuba); Cildo Meireles (Brazil); Marta Minujín (Argentina); Sergio Mondragón (Mexico); Gronk (Glugio Nicandro, California); Hélio Oiticica (Brazil); Claes Oldenburg (Sweden); Lázaro Abreu Padrón (Cuba); Dalila Puzzovio (Argentina); Margaret Randall (New York); Hugo Rivera-Scott (Chile); Emilio Hernández Saavedra (Peru); Rubén Santantonín (Argentina); Elena Serrano (Cuba); Dugald Stermer (California); Jan Stornfelt (birth place unknown); Taller 4 Rojo, including Diego Arango and Nirma Zárate (Colombia); Nicolás García Uriburu (Argentina); Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh); Lance Wyman (New Jersey).


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