Art and Popular Culture

Like a free bag of potato chips, pop culture is consumed by most of us without a second thought. On a daily basis, commercials, billboards, cartoons, and sitcoms flash before our eyes. Yet we rarely have the time to consider exactly what meaning is encoded in the images we treat as static day in and out. This Monday, artists Michela Griffo and Diyan Achjadi, along with MCAD professor Frenchy Lunning, will deconstruct popular culture, addressing specifically gender and sexual politics, as well as art's role in appropriating popular culture icons and esthetics. New York artist Griffo's diptych-style artwork includes drawings, comics, and stills from Disney cartoons. Achjadi's recent works use print and digital media to explore violence and the military in both pop culture and children's entertainment. Call ahead to ensure that public seating is still available.
Mon., Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., 2008

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