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How and why did Americans and their European counterparts begin taking Pop art seriously? Seen at first as a byproduct of American consumer culture, Pop art eventually came to represent surprising new strategies for dissent, offering new possibilities for irony, citation, and distanciation as readily as it reflected on the media, subculture and kitsch. Join Annie Cohen-Solal (pictured), author of Leo and his Circle, along with Thomas Crow, author of the influential The Rise of the Sixties: American and European Art in the Era of Dissent, among many other books, Romy Golan (Art History, The Graduate Center) author of Muralnomad: the mural effect in European art 1927-57, and Michael Lobel (Art History, SUNY Purchase) author of James Rosenquist: Pop Art, Politics, and History in the 1960’s, for a conversation about the first Pop age.

Added by Center for the Humanities on October 13, 2010