POP Power from Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
February 25 – May 16, 2021
Spanning half a century, POP Power from Warhol to Koons expands beyond the ordinary exhibition of Pop art—now a historical movement of the 1960s—and explores the work of its leaders Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, next to that of their present-day, Neo-Pop heirs, including powerhouses such as the American Jeff Koons and his English counterpart Damien Hirst. Indeed, the aesthetics and approaches of Pop art have demonstrated a unique adaptability and staying power in contrast to other major post-World War II movements like Abstract Expressionism or Minimalism. At the same time, Neo-Pop has been under-examined both as a useful term and in regard to its connections with Pop and other currents. By exploring Pop and Neo-Pop art together and comparing their similarities and differences, we gain a deeper understanding of their practitioners’ intentions and strategies, as well as the art’s relationship to broader cultural evolutions.
POP Power from Warhol to Koons was made possible through a collaboration with the collector and philanthropist Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. Together Schnitzer and his foundation hold the nation’s largest private collection of prints and multiples, currently numbering over fourteen thousand artworks by more than two hundred fifty artists. By hosting POP Power, the David Owsley Museum of Art demonstrates a commitment to the display of postwar American and international contemporary art, showcasing many of the most popular artists of the second half of the 20th and the early 21st centuries.
The exhibition is organized by the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, and appeared at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington.
Support for the exhibition and related educational and outreach
programs has been made possible with funding from ArtsAlive!, College of Fine
Arts, Ball State University and the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art.
Image: Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997). Sweet Dreams, Baby!, 1965, published 1966, from 11 Pop Artists. Screenprint. David Owsley Museum of Art, Purchase: Friends of the Museum 1970.002.000 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.