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Highlights from the Permanent Collection

October 22 - December 12, 2015

jim dine lithograph
Jim Dine, Midsummer Wall, 1966, lithograph,
12/26, gift of Edward Garder (SLU 86.34)


“Pop is love, for it accepts everything... Pop is dropping the ‘bomb.’
It is the ‘American Dream,’ optimistic, generous, and naïve...”
—Robert Indiana

St. Lawrence University’s Permanent Collection includes some of the finest examples of Pop art multiples created in the United States and Great Britain during the 1960s and ’70s. Classic images in the exhibition range from mundane objects such as tools, musical instruments, soup cans and wristwatches to important political figures and historical monuments. A selection of photographs from Nathan Farb’s Summer of Love series also documents life in New York City’s Lower East Side during 1967. The works in the exhibition reflect

a field that was admittedly dominated by white men, though two recent exhibitions, Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968 at the Brooklyn Museum and The World Goes Pop at the Tate Modern in London, present a more diverse array of artists in terms of race, class, gender and geographic location.

Two years ago, gallery staff, with the assistance of art historian Caroline Welsh, began a multiyear assessment of the Permanent Collection to make artworks more accessible to members of the St. Lawrence community for teaching and research. POP ART! Highlights from the Permanent Collection is a direct result of this effort and serves as an example of how faculty and students can help organize exhibitions and related educational materials.

Special thanks to Sarah Bent ’15, who contributed five interpretive text panels for the exhibition as part of her Senior-Year Experience in Art & Art History with Professor Dorothy Limouze.

Jim Dine
David Hockney
Robert Indiana
Jasper Johns
R. B. Kitaj
Roy Lichtenstein
Peter Max

Claes Oldenburg
Robert Rauschenberg
Larry Rivers
Ed Ruscha
Saul Steinberg
Joe Tilson
Andy Warhol

Please note that the Brush Gallery will be open by appointment only during the University's Thanksgiving break, Saturday, November 21, through Saturday, November 28.