September 13 – December 13, 2015
A survey of 1960s Pop Art, LA/MA will contextualizes masterpieces from the Rose Art Museum’s collection by placing the work of primarily East Coast-based artists (Marisol Escobar, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol) alongside the work of their West Coast peers (Billy Al Bengston, Judy Chicago, Llyn Foulkes and Joe Goode).
The Rose is renowned for its collection of American Pop Art, built around major works created by peers of the museum’s founding director, Sam Hunter. Hunter smartly acquired works by Tom Wesselmann, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz, Morris Louis, and Claes Oldenburg, in addition to important paintings and sculptures by the artists listed above. The roster of artists acquired by Hunter — and his circle of peers more broadly — was determined in large part by geographic proximity. We can look back on the 1960s as a time before the art world was global, and when it might even be described as regional. A museum in Boston collected works from the surrounding area; it is not surprising that the defining purchases for the Rose’s collection were made in New York and that the museum's Pop collection remains definitively New York-centric.