“A Pop Art Primer: What it is; What it’s not.” with Dr. Bradford Collins
Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Pop Art was a revolutionary development in the history of modern art, but the fundamental nature of that revolution remains badly misunderstood. Dr. Bradford Collins will discuss the shift in consciousness that made Pop possible and the understandable misconception that has prevented us from recognizing it. Moderated questions with Professor Walter Gaudnek will follow the talk.
About Dr. Bradford Collins:
Professor Collins received his B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College in 1964 and his Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University in 1980. Before arriving at the University of South Carolina in 1988 he taught at the University of British Columbia and Florida State University. The culmination of his training and early work in 19th century French painting was an anthology devoted to Edouard Manet’s Bar at the Folies Bergère, “12 Views of Manet’s ‘Bar’ (Princeton, 1996), which has become a standard text for methodology classes. Over the past twenty years, however, his focus has gradually shifted to American art and criticism of the postwar period. His research topics have ranged widely from Clement Greenberg and Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art, particularly Andy Warhol, the subject of his current book project. In 2012 two of his books were published: Mark Rothko, the Decisive Decade: 1940-1950 (Rizzoli) and Pop Art: The Independent Group to Neo Pop, 1952-1990 (Phaidon). Dr. Collins was also honored that year by his inclusion in the Princeton Review’s The 300 Best Professors (Random House). In 2018 Dr. Collins won The Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, which honors undergraduate teaching.
GAUDNEKOLOR POP, a solo exhibition by Walter Gaudnek, celebrates the artist’s 50th and final year as a professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design at the University of Central Florida. Walter Gaudnek and his daughter Yve Gaudnek (a current UCF film student) selected works for the exhibition that highlight the use of color in poetic figurative settings between tradition and innovation. In 1960, while living in New York City, he proclaimed his philosophy of polymorphism: the idea that a painting is never finished and can be continuously evolved. By creating new works from pre-existing images, he seeks to challenge the modernist reference to originality and demonstrate the inherent power rooted in masterpieces of art.
Exhibition Dates: Jan. 10-Feb. 14, 2020
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
More Information can be found here: https://gallery.cah.ucf.edu/
This exhibition is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Garage F next to the Addition Financial Arena. $5 parking lot H-4 or Garage I requires purchasing a visitor permit from a kiosk. Please note that visitors should park in green student spaces ONLY, as the $5 daily permit does not cover red and blue spaces.