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Friday, October 17, 2014

POP! Departures @ Seattle Art Museum

We went to view the POP! Departures exhibit during opening weekend (outfit post here) at the Seattle Art Museum. If you're in Seattle, I totally recommend going to see the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koon, and more. I'm currently teaching my seniors about Mass Society Theory, the idea that modern culture is standardized, uniform, and commodified due to media, technology, and consumerism. It was fascinating to view the art through that critical lens!

Beyond Warhol's "Marilyn" and Lichtenstein's "Kiss", here are some of my favorites from the exhibit:

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Not Cruel Enough). She layers provocative words over photos of famous people, in this case, Andy Warhol himself. In Kruger's words, "Give your brain as much attention as you do your hair and you'll be a thousand times better off."  (Photo credit: LA MOCA)

Lynn Hershman Leeson, TV Legs. Her work references the invasive nature of mass media, particularly with the commodification and fabrication of femininity in media. (Photo credit: SAM)

Josephine Meckseper, American Mall. She notes that shopping malls are becoming obsolete as consumers are shopping online. Even so, the concept of "the mall" is still so American, with commodities, entertainment, and exploitation of work force all on display. (Photo credit: Andrea Rosen)

Additionally, the City Dwellers exhibit is also currently at the SAM, which shows the contemporary Western influences on modern India:

Debanjan Roy, Gandhi with iPod. This glossy red fiberglass sculpture perhaps best shows the jarring image of Eastern asceticism colliding with Western technocracy.

Then, just because this is one of my favorite permanent pieces at the SAM:

Arshile Gorky, How My Mother's Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life. Gorky, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide, painted this as he remembers the many stories his mother would tell him as a child as he'd press his face into her apron. Gorky's mother starved to death during the persecution, while he was able to escape to America.

Thank you Seattle Art Museum for the press passes!

17 comments:

  1. I really like your outfit, it is super cute ^_^

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  2. This is SO cool. I love seeing photos of exhibits that are not in my town. Lichtenstein and Koon just give me a feeling of being transported back to the American past... Love this!!

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  3. gandhi with ipod.. that's interesting! haha :) you look so smart in that outfit carolyn xx

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  4. Wish I could visit Seattle to take a look at this exhibit! The works of art look amazing and I love the meaning behind each of your favorites. My favorite has to be "Gandhi with iPod." Such a cool concept of combining modern day technology with a simple man.

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  5. Look like an amazing expo!

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  6. Great pictures! I love this post

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  7. Awesome photos!

    Mel
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  8. Cool! I would love to see this
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  9. Great post, your outfit is cool too

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  10. I love these pictures!!Amazing blog!

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  11. What a fun expo to go to!

    Morgan
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  12. It's crazy how much society influences us.
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  13. The pieces at this museum look absolutely amazing, Carolyn! I've never been to Seattle before but you've definitely got me wanting to visit now though.

    My favorite piece is the one of Gandhi - things have changed so much in the past ten years alone and it's going to be crazy to see the difference in another ten years!


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  14. Very Nice Museum =))

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  15. This is amazing art! I really want to visit this musuem ! :)
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  16. I am a huge fan of pop art and I would have enjoyed this exhibition! I recently visited exhibitions about Richard Hamilton (in Madrid) and Andy Warhol (in Rome).

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Love, Carolyn