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"On to Pop" and "Counter Space: Design + The Modern Kitchen" at the Museum of Modern Art

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On to Pop
September 29, 2010–April 25, 2011
At Museum of Modern Art
counter space: design + the modern kitchen
September 15, 2010–March 14, 2011

www.moma.org
11 West 53rd Street
NY, NY 10019

Paul Jackson, MoMA Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 27, 2010


I was at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) today for the Matisse exhibit and lunch at The Modern, and I explored additional galleries to make it a full day. On to Pop, at MOMA through April 25, 2011, featured works by James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and others. This engaging exhibit showcases “objects and images we encounter in our daily lives...Collectively these artists came to define American Pop art, a very different kind of ‘American-type’ painting, which by the late 1960s had eclipsed Abstract Expressionism’s dominance on the New York scene.” (MOMA Exhibit Web Page). Among these works of the 50’s and 60’s, I was particularly taken with Jasper Johns’ iconic work of the American flag, fabric mounted on plywood, with effects of folk-art Americana.

The James Rosenquist oil and spray enamel work of a fragmented Marilyn Monroe seems a contemporary version of Picasso’s searing women, their features flying about their head. Andy Warhol’s silkscreen ink “Double Elvis”, with two guns drawn, is fanciful and surreal. Warhol’s “Campbell Soup Cans” on thirty-two canvases with synthetic polymer paint, features thirty-two memorable flavors, that I remember growing up with. Also meaningful to this viewer was Roy Lichtenstein’s “Drowning Girl”, of synthetic polymer paint, that transports you into a Sunday cartoon. Warhol’s “Gold Marilyn Monroe”, of silkscreen ink, looks like a photo negative highlighted in bright yellow, blue, and flesh tones, completely surrounded by sheer gold. Walking between exhibits, one never knows what might be suspended from the rafters, like a helicopter with reflections.

counterspace: design + the modern kitchen was my next stop, and this exhibit couldn’t have been more mesmerizing. According to the MOMA Exhibit Web Page, “Over the course of the past century no other room has been the focus of such intensive aesthetic and technological innovation, or as loaded with cultural significance. Kitchen design has been both a central concern of modernism and fundamental to our concept of modern life. Drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, this exhibition explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen as a barometer of changing technologies, aesthetics, and ideologies.” (MOMA Exhibit Web Page)

The exhibit is divided into three themes. “The New Kitchen” features 20th century cooking and cleaning technology, including Frankfurt Kitchen, a full size room with appliances. “Visions of Plenty” includes ‘dream kitchens’, and “Kitchen Sink Dramas” includes a photo of the Nixon-Kruschev ‘Kitchen Debate’. One of my favorites was “The Toaster”, a gelatin silver print, with reflections of the cook. A fascinating suspended chair, with a board holding fastened kitchen objects is called “Kichka’s Breakfast I”. “Spazio Vivo” (Living Space)" is a mobile kitchen unit of steel, plastic laminate, and plywood, manufactured by Snaidero in Italy. It was like a puzzle to put together, totally organized with compartment drawers. Another favorite was “Still Life # 30", composed of oil, enamel, and synthetic polymer paint on composition board, with a collage of printed advertisements, plastic flowers, and pink refrigerator door.

“The Kitchen Debate 1959" reminded me about Richard Nixon and his iconic comments, including his very public one to Nikita Kruschev, “I want to show you this kitchen. It's like one of those houses in California..." In a retro camp, MOMA exhibits some body graphs of fat and muscle, plus posters that celebrate Americans’ obsession with creamery butter. Allow plenty of time for this absorbing, eclectic exhibit. Check out www.moma.org to plan your visit.



Jasper Johns, American, b. 1930
"Flag" 1954-55
Encaustic, oil, and collage
on fabric mounted on plywood, three panels
Gift, Philip Johnson in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


James Rosenquist, American, b. 1933
"Marilyn Monroe I", 1962
Oil and spray enamel on canvas.
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, 1967
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Andy Warhol, American, 1928-1987
"Double Elvis" 1963
Silkscreen ink
on synthetic polymer paint on canvas.
Gift, Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation
in honor of Kirk Varnedoe, 2001
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Andy Warhol, American, 1928-1987
"Campbell's Soup Cans" 1962
Synthetic polymer paint
on thirty-two canvases.
Gift, Irving Blum,
Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest et al., 1996
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923-97
"Drowning Girl" 1963
Oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Philip Johnson Fund et al. 1971
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Andy Warhol, American, 1928-1987
"Gold Marilyn Monroe" 1962
Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Gift of Philip Johnson 1962
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Interior Helicopter Hovers
over MOMA Visitors
on a Rainy Monday
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Entrance to
"design + the modern kitchen"
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Mac Adams, American b. 1943
"The Toaster" 1976
Gelatin silver prints
Gift of the photographer, 1992
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Daniel Spoerri, Swiss, b. Romania 1930
"Kichka's Breakfast I", 1960
Wood chair hung on wall
with board across seat,
coffeepot, tumbler, china, eggcups, etc.
Philip Johnson Fund, 1961
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Virgilio Forchiassin, Italian
"Spazio Vivo (Living Space)" 1968
Mobile kitchen unit. Steel, plastic laminate, plywood.
Manufactured by Snaidero, Italy
Gift of the manufacturer, 1972
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Tom Wesselmann, American, 1931-2004
"Still Life # 30" April 1963
Oil, enamel, and synthetic polymer paint on
composition board with collage of printed advertisements,
plastic flowers, refrigerator door, etc.
Gift of Philip Johnson 1970
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


"The Kitchen Debate 1959"
Richard Nixon, US Vice President,
and Nikita Kruschev, Soviet Premier.
"I want to show you this kitchen.
It's like one of those houses in California..."
So began the Cold War...
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


"Visions of Plenty"
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net