Superheroes and celebrities, totems and toys: the imagery of manufactured fantasy is reframed in the visual language of historical iconography in this multi-media exploration of popular culture today. Culling from the canon of art history, mining the mass media, and scouring the streets and screens, Pop Stars! demonstrates the dominance of the popular as today’s ubiquitous culture. The artists featured appropriate images and practices from commerce, science, politics, religion, sports, and technology, to illuminate recent shifts in how culture is being created and consumed, intertwining past and present in transformative new intersections of art and life.
Please join us for the opening celebration of Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The reception begins at 6 pm with introductory remarks on the exhibition by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites and a special lecture by featured visiting artist Titus Kaphar.
Titus Kaphar was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and currently lives and works between New York and Connecticut. His artworks interact with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums. Kaphar cuts, blends, sculpts and mixes the work of Classic and Renaissance painters, creating formal games and new tales between fiction and quotation.
Image: Titus Kaphar (American), Ascension (detail), 2016. Oil on canvas with brass nails.