Photographs by Emily Hansen
Currently on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is Duchamp to Pop. The exhibition explores the era of the 1960s from “readymade artist,” Marcel Duchamp to the pop artist Andy Warhol. In the exhibition works from Duchamp such as his famed Mona Lisa, L.H.O.O.Q. are juxtaposed with Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup Cans. This is a show you will definitely want to pop by a see.
As Madonna so famously stated, “we are living in a material world.” And yes, that is true, particularly in the art world. Artists use a variety of media to create their works, which in turn influence the meaning and interpretation of the piece. In one of the rooms in the Material Worlds display at Tate Modern the question “How do materials affect meaning?” is pasted in yellow across the wall. Opposite this question is Duchamp’s Fountain displayed on a pedestal under glass. How does the material used in Duchamp’s Fountain affect its meaning? This question serves as an aide to visitors to think more critically in regards to the effect materials can have in the understanding of a work of art.