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"Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking" Opens at the Pomona College Museum of Art

Pomona College Museum of Art presents "Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking," an exhibition of 60 works from 16 contemporary artists who find humor and satire in contemporary art, fashion, food and popular culture. The exhibit will be on view from Aug.23 through Oct. 9, with an opening reception at the museum from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

This exhibit features art by Mark Bennett, Enrique Chagoya, Roy DeForest, Tony Fitzpatrick, Ellen Gallagher, David Gilhooly, Red Grooms, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Gene McMahon, Claes Oldenburg, Tad Savinar, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and William Wegman.

From the earliest satirical explorations of love and marriage by 15th-century Dutch printmaker Israhel van Meckenem, to contemporary artists¹ use of wit and satire to navigate the complexity of modern life, artists play the role of social critic.

Printmakers especially have deployed their medium -- already linked to mass communication -- to amuse their audience while commenting on their cultural moment. Frequently they deflate the pretensions of the art world they inhabit.

Roy Lichtenstein recasts Edvard Munch¹s ³The Scream² for the comic book character Sweet Pea; David Gilhooly instructs on how to draw Jackson Pollock¹s dog, and Claes Oldenborg imagines Picasso¹s cufflink.

Other artists ask us to reconsider clichés of contemporary thought: the facile division of the left-brain and right-brain is explored by Tad Savinar.

Jeff Koons and Mark Bennett make art that springs from the collective experience of popular culture - the worlds of musical entertainment and television sitcoms.

Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, and Enrique Chagoya use satire to address the decidedly non-humorous subjects of racism and colonization.

Artist Mark Bennett will give a public lecture at the museum on October 4,
2005 at 4:15 p.m.

The exhibition is touring with stops in Oregon, California, Idaho, and Washington.

A brochure with essays by Art Gym Director and Curator Terri Hopkins and the Hallie Ford Museum¹s Director John Olbrantz is available. Teaching resource materials for area schools are also available.

"Keys to the Koop" has been made possible by a major grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and is drawn from their collection. It is co-organized by the Schnitzer Family Foundation, Art Gym at Marylhurst University and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

The Pomona College Museum of Art, formerly the Montgomery Art Gallery, is located at 330 N. College Avenue, Claremont. The museum is open to the public and free of charge, Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum