Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960

February 11, 2021 - June 6, 2021

Lower Jette Galleries, Upper Jette Galleries

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 is the first major museum exhibition to investigate the early work of one of the most celebrated American artists of the twentieth century. It tells the overlooked story of Lichtenstein’s early career and establishes a deeper understanding of postwar American art.

The unprecedented exhibition features loans from museum and private collections, presenting about 90 works from the artist’s fruitful formative years. Many of the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be on public view for the first time.

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Retablos are thank-you notes to the heavens dedicated to Christ, the Virgin, or saints to consecrate a miraculous event. The votives on view—spanning the entirety of the twentieth century—were offered by Mexican migrants and their families to commemorate the dangers of crossing the border and living in the United States. Filled with emotive detail, they eloquently express subjects of greatest concern to the migrants, such as the difficulty of finding work or falling sick in a foreign land and the relief of returning home.

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