On March 23 and March 24, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago hosted opening receptions for the new exhibit, Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art. There were private and public events, drawing hundreds to be the first eyes to view the exhibit.
Guests looking at a scupture. Hank Willis Thomas, "Faith"
Katie Northrop Niday and Tanner Munson pose in front of Marco Veronese's "The Order of Life"
21c Museum Director and Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites did an introduction to the exhibition, and guests sat in on a conversation between Stites and artist Brendan Fernandes. Other notable attendees included Nigel Barker, THE KID, Kristine Steiner, Regine T. Rousseau and Tony Karman. Fernandes and Barker even exchanged their respective books.
Guest taking photo of art piece. Brian Paumier, "Act of Faith"
Alice Gray Stites and artist Brendan Fernandes
Pop culture art is honored in a multi-media fashion at the exhibit. Topics like commerce, science, politics, religion, sports and technology are addressed in the artworks displayed, and the influence of pop-art style is clear. Neon signs, collages, sports sculptures, contemporary photography, colorful paintings—it’s all there.
Robert Silvers, "Barack Obama" and Marco Veronese, "The Order of Life"
Max Mackie, Liam Rodgers and Alicia Ross
Abby Nelson and Moe Fares in front of Van Hoang's "After Angela"