‘Shiny, Sticky, Smooth’ art exhibition at Faulconer Gallery

GRINNELL — Summertime, and the livin’ is “Shiny, Sticky, Smooth” at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery.

“Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses,” from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, will be open to the public from July 1, through Sept. 3.

Appropriate for all ages, the exhibition of more than 70 pop art prints and sculptures features generations of America’s most famous pop artists from the 1960s to 1990s. Pop art emerged from the booming consumer culture in post-World War II America, combining advertising imagery and strategies with bold colors and familiar objects.

“Pop art was initially based on advertising and pop culture in the ’50s, adapting principles of commercial design to the making of fine art. In today’s lexicon, we would call it ‘branding,'” said Daniel Strong, curator of exhibitions for Faulconer Gallery.

“Shiny, Sticky, Smooth” includes works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Jeff Koons and other exceptional artists who offer viewers deeper understanding of pop culture in the form of art.

“This appealing summer show goes a long way to making people realize they understand more of art than they think that they do,” said Lesley Wright, director of Faulconer Gallery. “These well-known artists, most not displayed here before, have made art out of everyday objects. The works in this exhibition are bright, colorful, fun, and will be recognizable to viewers’ senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.”

Summer visitors to Faulconer Gallery will see Warhol’s iconic soup can screenprint; Lichtenstein’s “Interior Series” of furnishings from the ’60s; Robert Cottingham’s “American Signs” as art, Theibaud’s lithographs of familiar food and Rauschenberg’s mixed media of slingshots, among the vivid, eye-catching collection.

Faulconer Gallery events related to the pop art exhibition include:

• Yoga in the Gallery with Monica St. Angelo, July 6 through Sept. 7, 12:15-12:50 p.m. Enjoy a 30-minute yoga practice, including warming and invigorating poses and a final period of relaxation. All levels welcome. Mats provided.

• Exhibition of Summer Student Artists, July 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The community is invited to view artworks created by students in area summer programs, installed next to works in “Shiny, Sticky, Smooth.” Refreshments will be served.

Faulconer Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Tuesday, July 4), and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. For more information about the exhibitions and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available at: www.grinnell.edu. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu.