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NewsWarhol’s Pop Art Placed in Context by Art Historian Margo Thompson

Brattleboro, VT—How Warhol challenged the common perception of art is explored in a discussion led by Margo Thompson, assistant professor of art history at the University of Vermont, in “Pop Art: Warhol in Context” on Sunday, January 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro.

Warhol continues to fascinate audiences forty years after his paintings of celebrities and household products defied the accepted definition of art. Thompson will compare Warhol to his peers, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, who responded to changes in American life in the 1960s in very different ways. Thompson will also consider what distinguishes Warhol’s work and makes it relevant to 21st century viewers.

Thompson earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, her M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her B.A. from St. John’s College. She has also taught at Illinois State University, the University of Notre Dame, Bucknell University, Northwestern University, and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

This lecture is part of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center’s lecture series related to the exhibit, “Andy Warhol: The Jon Gould Collection,” which runs until February 6. Marlboro College is the host of the series and all lectures will take place at the Marlboro College Graduate Center at 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. General admission is $4; free admission is extended to BMAC members and Marlboro College students, staff and faculty.

The Marlboro College Graduate Center was established in 1997 by Marlboro College to offer premiere graduate programs in technology and education at a Brattleboro branch campus. In 2000, the college purchased the Technology Center facility to augment its educational experience by fostering synergies among tenant technology-oriented companies and education programs and to support regional economic development.

A private, non-profit organization founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is a non-collecting museum that produces frequently changing exhibitions of current art. BMAC presents the art of our time in a way that entertains, educates and enlightens audiences of all ages. BMAC’s galleries are open to the public from May 2004 through February 6, 2005 daily (except Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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