Multi-Locale Pops in the 1960s will examine the global significance of American Pop Art by bringing together seven prominent postwar art specialists in Tokyo to discuss Pop’s multi-locale developments in Latin America, Asia, New York, and California. Organized by Hiroko Ikegami, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies of Kobe University, the symposium will take place on March 29, 2014, at Sophia University in Tokyo, coinciding with a major retrospective of Andy Warhol held at the Mori Museum.
Papers will investigate the complex phenomenon of the proliferation of Pop, while promoting scholarship of postwar American art from a global perspective. The symposium will begin with a keynote speech given by Thomas E. Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His lecture will be based on his forthcoming book, The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design 1930-1970. Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director at the Getty Research Institute, will discuss the art of the West Coast in relation to Pop as well as the Getty’s decade-long research project “Pacific Standard Time.” Daniel Quiles, Artlas Postdoctoral Fellow at École Normale Supérieure (2013-2014) and assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who is planning his forthcoming book Ghost Messages: Oscar Masotta and Argentine Conceptualism, will talk about Argentine artists’ and critics’ response to American Pop, which was synthesized with conceptual and political approaches in Buenos Aires. Hiroko Ikegami will discuss the Japanese graphic designer Tanaami Keiichi’s response to Andy Warhol’s art and theory through an analysis of his experimental animation.