Pop goes the Arvada Center

Art movement examines media, culture, production


“rePOPulated: contemporary perspectives on pop art” opens Jan. 22 in the Main Gallery at the Arvada Center and runs through March 29.

At the same time, the Upper Gallery will host a collection of work by Phil Bender, Colorado's Pop master, according to curator Colin Parsons. And Sean O'Meallie's “Freeplay” will be in the Theater Gallery.

There will be a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 22 and three free artist talks:

● Feb. 7, 11 a.m., Theater and Upper Galleries — Phil Bender and Sean O'Meallie

● Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Main Gallery — Carlos Fresquez, Mark Penner-Howell and Chinn Wang

● March 14, 11 a.m., Main Gallery — Kym Bloom, Evan Colbert, Margaret Kasahara, Colin Livingston and Tony Ortega.

Parsons said: “Looking at the list of participating artists, I realized that this exhibition (the first of 2015) highlights a diverse cross-section of American culture. I think visitors will enjoy the range of work represented.” Mass media, culture and production, as seen through the lens of Pop Art, is the focus of the exhibits.

Some works come from the collection of the CU Art Museum in Boulder by pioneers in the movement such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Clark Indiana and Claes Oldenberg.

Participating artists include: Roland Bernier, Scott Blake, Kym Bloom, Craig Cleveland, Evan Colbert, Scott Dye, Carlos Fresquez, Margaret Kasahara, Colin Livingston, Michael Mew, Tony Ortega, Mark Penner-Howell, Louis Recchia, Floyd D. Tunson and Chinn Wang.

If you go

The Arvada Center galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and until 7:30 p.m. on performance evenings. The Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Information: 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Free parking, free admission.


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