Margarita Cabrera, Vocho (Yellow), 2004, vinyl, batting, thread, car parts, 5 × 6 × 13'. From “Pop Departures.”


“Pop Departures”

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
October 9, 2014–January 11, 2015

Curated by Catharina Manchanda

Mapping the impact of Pop art over the past fifty years, the Seattle Art Museum zeros in on two key moments in which artists have updated Pop proper’s concerns: the 1980s and the past decade. The exhibition (offering some hundred works dating from 1961 to 2014) will cover familiar territory at the outset, charting distances between landmarks such as Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, but it will quickly head into more adventurous terrain. Vocho (Yellow), 2004, Margarita Cabrera’s stitched rendition of the once-ubiquitous Volkswagen Bug—for which the artist refashioned in vinyl those parts made in Mexico—weds the logic of Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures to global politics, while works by Josephine Meckseper and Rachel Harrison explore the parataxis of product display and Amie Siegel’s montage of YouTube Sinatra wannabes singing “My Way” (My Way 2, 2009)pursues the echo of Warhol’s celebrity culture to its final, flattest frontier.