Rockford Art Museum

Rockford, IL



Thirty-One Shopping Days 'Til...?


On November 12, 1999 Rockford Art Museum will open an exhibition entitled Thirty-One Shopping Days 'Til...? Pop Culture in Art at the End of the Millennium. A members' only reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., followed by a public opening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Paul Harvey Oswald, a group of local artists who incorporate sound bites and imagery from mass media and reconstruct them into satirical performance-based videos, will perform at the opening. (left: Lorraine Peltz, "Holiday", 1994, oil on canvas, courtesy of Galerie Piltzer, Paris)

Sponsored by Marshall Fields, this exhibition showcases works from artists who have brought issues and images of popular culture into the realm of the visual arts through paintings, print, sculpture and video. The show is theme-based and concentrates on the ideas and concepts of millennium apprehensions and consumerism. Curator Scott Snyder explained, "The exhibition will have a dichotomous approach. Half of the works will be based on apocalyptic visions and the other half will concentrate on pop culture iconography and issues of a materially based culture."

A variety of artists will be on display, including internationally acclaimed artists Barbara Kruger, Roy Lichtenstein, Jenny Holzer, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. Three of Warhol's popular Campbell Soup Can images will be shown.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

rev. 11/22/10

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