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   Lillian and Morrie Moss Lecture on Rosenquist's President Elect Painting

   Date : Tuesday, 23 September 2008       From : 7:00pm   To : 9:00pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : Blount/Buckman Lobby

   Event Description :

Art historian Dr. Michael Lobel will present "Rosenquist Repaints History: The Curious Case of President Elect" September 23 at Rhodes College. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall. It is sponsored by The Lillian and Morrie Moss Endowment for the Visual Arts and the Department of Art at Rhodes.

James Rosenquist's painting President Elect (196061/1964) is a signature work of Pop art and includes a portrait of John F. Kennedy borrowed from a 1960 presidential campaign poster. Combining the portrait with magazine advertisement images, Rosenquist created a celebration of JFK and the 1960s consumer culture.

However according to Lobel, "Through careful attention to the archival record, close formal analysis, and a consideration of the work's social and historical context, President Elect is revealed to be something much different, offering a view into the darker aspects of that explosive decade and challenging our view of Pop art as superficial and simplistic."

Lobel is an assistant professor of art history in the School of the Humanities and director of the M.A. program in modern and contemporary art, criticism, and theory at Purchase College, State University of New York. His interests include postwar and contemporary art; theories of mass culture; and methodological issues in the analysis of recent art. Lobel holds a Ph.D. in history of art from Yale University.

Those with specific inquiries about the lecture can contact the Department of Art at 901-843-3833.

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