June 10−August 14, 2016
Pop Art Prints
Robert Indiana, Love, 1967, screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Louis and Linda Kaplan, © 2016 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Pop Art took the American art scene by storm approximately 50 years ago. When New York dealer Leo Castelli first showed Pop Art in his gallery in 1962, it was embraced by the audience who responded to the familiar subjects -- flat forms, bright colors and sly commentaries made on the mass culture of the era. Printmaking was an ideal medium for the Pop artists. The commercial techniques of screen printing and lithography were well suited to reproducing the magazine, newspaper and comic-strip images favored by many of the artists. From the commercial viewpoint of the galleries, print editions made this imagery more affordable to a large audience that wanted to buy the art.
Pop Art Prints presents a selection of 37 prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection. The installation includes works from primarily the 1960s by Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. The installation is part of a series that highlights objects from the Smithsonian’s collection that are rarely on public view. This exhibition will be the first of only three museum engagements. The prints on display were selected by Joann Moser, deputy chief curator. Pop Art Prints is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.
January 15−May 15, 2016
Albert Paley: Forged Works
Afternoon with Albert - Talk and Tour
2-3:30 pm Sunday, March 13
Hector, 1990, steel, Paley Studios Archive
The Mennello Museum will feature recent work by internationally renowned sculptor Albert Paley completed in the forged process alongside earlier pieces and drawings. Included in the exhibition are several sculptures completed at a 2011 residency at Steneby, The School of Craft and Design at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and other smaller sculptures that exemplify his mastery of the forged technique. Exquisite drawings of finished works show the depth of his process, taking the idea from two to three dimensions and illustrating the movement and emotion involved with each piece. Paley's use of steel can be described as industrial poetry. His large sculptures "Interlace" and "Star" stand in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, dedicated in the memory of the late founder, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello.