Lichtenstein prints pop into art museum

An opportunity to view more than 70 prints by one of the 20th century’s most recognized and influential artists will be hosted by the Museum of Art Sept. 24-Dec. 16.

“Roy Lichtenstein Prints 1956-97: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation” is a selection of works from Jordan Schnitzer’s immense collection of prints in Portland, Ore.

Lichtenstein is widely known for his comic book images and Benday dot patterns, which many consider the most enduring of pop art imagery. Lichtenstein explored every print-making medium, however, producing more than 300 print editions (with multiple runs of each).

Included in the exhibit will be the first proto-pop image he completed in 1956, as well as the print he was working on at the time of his death in 1997. The show will gather in one venue a large portion of Lichtenstein’s life work in order to explore and understand the way an artist pushes boundaries, adds richness and grows or changes over time.

A full-color trade book will be produced for this exhibit by Marquand Books of Seattle. There will be a visitor’s gallery guide to the exhibit as well as a curriculum packet provided for teachers.

During the past decade, Schnitzer has become one of the most prolific private collectors of prints in the United States. He wants to make these resources available to the public, particularly to underserved audiences such as institutions of a small or medium size that otherwise would not be able to present works of this stature.

Lectures planned in conjunction with the exhibit include:
• Elizabeth Brown, curator, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, Fine Arts auditorium.
Chris Bruce, director, WSU Museum of Art, time to be announced, Saturday, Oct. 8, CUB 212.
• Gerald Steffen, graphic designer, 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, CUB 123.

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