October 19, 2016 - Skirball Cultural Center - Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.
October 19, 2016

Skirball Cultural Center

Roy Lichtenstein, Wallpaper with Blue Floor Interior, 1992. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein / Gemini G.E.L. 

Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.
October 7, 2016–March 12, 2017

Curator talk—"Lichtenstein and Los Angeles": December 11, 2pm, a conversation about Lichtenstein’s work in 1960s L.A.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90049
United States

T +1 310 440 4500


View more than 70 remarkable works by a Pop Art master at the Skirball Cultural Center, now through March 12. Renowned for his inventive interplay of line, dot, and color, Roy Lichtenstein (1923–97) shaped a new form of fine art that welcomed a wider public into the 1960s and 1970s art world.

Departing from the intellectual, nonfigurative style of Abstract Expressionism, Lichtenstein depicted everyday objects and drew inspiration from comic books, advertisements, and children’s books. By integrating such popular imagery into the realm of fine art, he invited viewers to recognize the world around them in his work.

Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. explores how the artist, a vanguard of the Pop Art movement buoyed by a renaissance in printmaking, made fine art accessible to the American public in ways that had not been achieved before. The exhibition features prints from Lichtenstein’s "Bull Profile" and "Surrealist" series, as well as the iconic Sunrise and Shipboard Girl. Pop for the People also includes work, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, in which Lichtenstein responded to major national news—namely the portrait Bobby Kennedy (1968) and the provocative Gun in America (1968). The former was commissioned by Time magazine while Kennedy was on the presidential campaign trail, and the latter after the candidate was gunned down in Los Angeles. Both graced the cover of Time, publicizing Lichtenstein’s signature graphic style to a very wide readership and sparking a conversation about gun control that continues to this day.

Additional works demonstrate the depth and breadth of Lichtenstein’s oeuvre, from rare prints to paper plates, clothing, and even turkey shopping bags. The exhibition shows how Lichtenstein’s aesthetic persists even today—in advertising, fashion, and merchandising.

Finally, visitors will be able to walk through a three-dimensional reimagination of Lichtenstein’s 1992 painting Bedroom at Arles, based on a series of the same name by Vincent van Gogh. The installation urges visitors to not just look at the art, but to inhabit it, reinforcing the “what’s mine is yours” ethos of the Pop Art movement.

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