Ken D. Allan, PhD, presents paper at international seminar

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
December 15, 2017

Ken D. Allan, PhD, was invited to an international seminar on Pop art and the 1960s in the US and Brazil in São Paolo, Brazil. He presented his paper, “Rude Objects in Public Space: Ed Kienholz & 1960s Los Angeles” on a panel entitled “From the Museum to the Street and from the Street to the Museum.”

Flipping Pop was hosted by the Museum of Modern Art--São Paulo and sponsored by the Institute MESA (Rio de Janeiro) and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

“The symposium made me think about my work within a new international context," says Dr. Allan. "The ideas and debates about American pop art registered differently in South America during the 1960s due to the Cold War politics of the era.  My paper on the way the artist Ed Kienholz critiqued the urban spectacle of Los Angeles relates to my teaching in courses such as my 4000-level seminar “Space and Site in Contemporary Art” and my UCOR class “Art and Place in the American West.”

“Flipping Pop” reconsidered the American contribution to the 1967 São Paulo Biennial, known as the “Pop” biennial,” and the 1967 exhibition/manifesto New Objectivity organized at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM – Rio) on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversaries.

Poster from Flipping Pop, international seminarHeld in conjunction with the exhibition 35th Panorama of Brazilian Contemporary Art currently on view at MAM-SP curated by scholar Luiz Camillo Osorio for which the New Objectivity manifesto serves as curatorial framework, Flipping Pop discussed a reframing of the Pop art imaginary via a Brazilian-American dialogue. It brought together Brazilian scholars, artists, students, and international guests to explore timely “flippings” and “re-writings” with, through, and around the art of this historical moment.

Speaker papers will be edited for a special issue of the online bilingual digital periodical Revista MESA to be published in 2018.

Dr. Allan is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Art History.