From Black Mountain College to Pop Art – virtual exhibition tour

We cordially invite you to join us for our very first virtual exhibition tour “From Black Mountain College to Pop Art” (“Od Black Mountain College do Pop Artu. Powojenna sztuka amerykańska ze zbiorów Archiv der Avantgarden”), which will take place live on July 1, 2021 at 5 pm CET on Fulbright Poland YouTube/Facebook platforms. This tour will be led by exhibition curator and Fulbrighter Przemysław Strożek. This event will be held in English.

“From Black Mountain College to Pop Art” (“Od Black Mountain College do Pop Artu. Powojenna sztuka amerykańska ze zbiorów Archiv der Avantgarden”) is on view at the State Art Gallery in Sopot (Państwowa Galeria Sztuki) until October 3rd. Based on the collection of the Archiv der Avantgarden in Dresden, the exhibition presents an evolution of avant-garde practices in the post-war United States. Various artworks, such as paintings, sculptures, installations, architectural sketches, photographs, film, paratheatrical and musical projects, magazines, prints, books and documents are equally perceived as important testimonials of innovative practices initiated on the other side of the Atlantic.

These objects are organized chronologically around successive trends, phenomena and artistic groups, continuing the heritage of the historical avant-garde: Black Mountain College, abstract art, happening, fluxus, pop art, minimal art, post-minimalism, conceptual art and Land Art. This exhibition is designed as a kind of a visual essay that allows visitors to better understand the mobility of the broadly-defined avant-garde in the United States, including how the ideas travelled between individual experiments and collective actions, as well as between natural environments and metropolises. 

Artists featured in the exhibition: Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Hazel Larsen Archer, Walter Darby Bannard, George Brecht, Bill Bollinger, John Cage, Peter Campus, Chuck Close, Jim Dine,  Dan Flavin, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Grosvenor, Al Hansen, Dick Higgins, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Ray Johnson, Allan Kaprow, On Kawara, Alison Knowles, Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, George Maciunas, Charlotte Moorman, Robert Motherwell, Bruce Nauman, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Ad Reinhardt, Larry Rivers, Dorothea Rockburne, Carolee Schneemann, Paul Shartis, Robert Smithson, Frank Stella, Sun Ra, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Robert Watts, Lawrence Weiner.

Curator: Przemysław Strożek / Coordinator: Przemysław Chodań

The exhibition is the result of cooperation between the State Art Gallery in Sopot and the State Art Collection in Dresden. The exhibition is financed by the City of Sopot.

*Andy Warhol, Tapeta z krową (różowa na żółtym), 1966. Sitodruk, 117 x 77 cm.  © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, zdjęcie: Herbert Boswank. Archiv der Avantgarden – Egidio Marzona, Państwowe Zbiory Sztuki w Dreźnie.

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