Please join us for the opening celebration of our newest exhibition, Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art. The reception begins at 6 pm with introductory remarks on the exhibition by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites and a special lecture by featured artist Fahamu Pecou.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
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 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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art, and popular culture and address concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity. His work has been exhibited internationally, including a 2017 retrospective at the Societe Generale Collection in La Défense, Paris, France. In 2016, Pecou received the Joan Mitchell Foundation “Painters and Sculptors” Award. His work is in public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The High Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, and 21c Museum Hotel, among others.
Image: Fahamu Pecou (American), Broken Open (detail), 2016. Acrylic, enamel, spray paint and gold leaf on canvas