Whether your knowledge of Pop art stalls somewhere between Roy Lichtenstein’s comic-strip-inspired parodies and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans or encompasses territory populated by the flags of Jasper Johns, the supersized sculptures of Claes Oldenburg and the text-reliant work of Robert Indiana, chances are it doesn’t extend beyond the boundaries of the United States — save for maybe British icon Sir David Hockney, who has been a presence in California since 1964.
Billed as “the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop art,” the McNay’s “Pop América, 1965-1975” sets out to challenge those limitations by proving that the movement swept through Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Cuba and Argentina. A collaboration between the McNay and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art, the exhibition combines roughly 100 artworks — created by both icons of the genre and “consistently overlooked” Latin-American artists such as Jorge de la Vega, Hugo Rivera-Scott, Judith Baca, Elena Serrano, Luis Cruz Azaceta and Marisol Escobar — in a showcase addressing “social protest, justice movements and debates about freedom.”
Curated by Duke University’s Esther Gabara and made possible by the first-ever Sotheby’s Prize, which supports projects that explore underrepresented aspects of art history, “Pop América” is set to travel to the Nasher as well as Northwestern University’s Block Museum after it departs the McNay in January 2019.
$10-$20, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-6pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun (through Jan. 13), McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
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