On Saturday 16 March The Open University and Tate held a collaborative Study Day: Lichtenstein and the Wider Worlds of British Pop at Tate Modern. The event was well attended and explored issues raised by a major Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern.
His extraordinary body of work was the springboard for a critical exploration of ideas around the meaning of pop in the US and Britain and its legacy for contemporary art and culture, and followed a two day symposuim at the Tate on ‘Global Pop’ .
These collaborative Study Days are popular with Open University students, art and art history students and the wider public, and we were delighted to see many students in the audience who are doing our new second level course A226 Exploring Art and Visual Culture.
Speakers included Professor Hal Foster, art critic and historian, Iria Candela, Curator, Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, Professor David Alan Mellor, University of Sussex, Dr Leon Wainwright, The Open University, Professor Lisa Tickner, The Courtauld Institute of Art, and the British artist Gavin Turk.
Question and answer sessions were chaired by Professor Gill Perry, The Open University and Marko Daniel, Tate. The event was deemed a great success, with stimulating and informative papers from all speakers and very good feedback from the audience. The question and answer sessions encouraged a rich debate around the relationship between American and British Pop, and the implications of this at the end of the British Empire.
Gavin Turk’s paper at the end of the day also provided a fascinating insight into how contemporary artists work with the legacy of Pop era, and the ways in which earlier artistic concerns can continue to inspire contemporary practice.
The event was related to the exhibition Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern, and was filmed and will be available shortly from the Tate and the Open Arts Archive.