Currently at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art is “Pop Art Design: The Street, The Store, and the Silver Screen”. This art is in several galleries on the fourth floor. This art exhibition will be on display until March 27, 2016. (The Museum of Contemporary Art is at 220 East Chicago Avenue in Chicago, Ill.)
This art exhibition features two-dimensional art and three-dimensional art. There are photographs, posters and screen prints. There are sculptures.
Upon entering the Reality as Collage section, visitors will see on their right sides “No. 200/Sella” (1957-1983). Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni are the Italian artists. This is a sculpture of a bicycle seat without the bicycle. For this artwork that is approximately three feet high, the artists used chrome, copper, iron, leather and steel.
In the Francis & Thomas H. Dittmar Gallery there is “Capitello” (1971) by Guffam (Italian). Have you ever wanted to sit upon a marble column? Art historians may be able to determine whether the design represents a Corinthian, Doric or Ionic column, but such design is as a soft chair that rests upon the floor. This piece consists of polyurethane and foam, and measures approximately three-four feet long, two feet high and two-three feet wide.
Also in the Dittmar Gallery is “Up 7/11 Piede” (1969) by Gaetano Pesce (Italian). This is a sculpture of a giant, black foot that is anatomically correct with part of the ankle visible. (No comments exist with this sculpture stating that the sculptor got his inspiration from watching a living Bigfoot.) The construction material is polyurethane foam that seems to be harder material like clay. This enormous foot is five-six feet long, approximately three feet high and two feet wide.
Some glowing rocks are not rocks at all. “Dorra” (1971) by André Cazenave (French) is a four-piece sculpture representing rocks. Although this art exhibit’s pieces have rock shapes, they are actually lamps consisting of fiberglass and reinforced polyester. There are two, large boulders; one, medium rock; and one, small rock (about the size of an ostrich egg).
“Forbidden Planet” (1956) is a Pop Style poster advertising the science-fiction movie of the same name. The author is anonymous. This poster is approximately 16 in. (w) x 20 in. (l). This is a color lithograph on paper.
In the Marion & Jerome H. Stone Gallery there are “Heavy Shoes” (1970) by Ed Paschke (American). The heavy shoes are part of a composition that includes a heavy-set woman with green skin. This is oil on canvas that measures approximately 20 in. (w) x 24 in. (h).
Claes Oldenburg’s (American) “Sculpture in the Form of a Fried Egg” (1966-1971) is soft artwork consisting of canvas, dyed cotton and polystyrene. This piece rests upon a 10 feet square plinth. (Do not try to eat this fried egg.)
Alex Hay’s (American) “Light Bulb” (1964) does not work like a common light bulb. This is an acrylic and stencil on linen piece that hangs high upon the wall. This light bulb is gray, and includes the base (piece where you would screw the light bulb) and cord, and is approximately 6-8 feet high.
Allan D’Arcangelo (American) has two screen prints on display. “Landscape I” is on paper. “Landscape II” is on vinyl. The artist created these in 1965. The blacks, blues and greens colors appear in triangles, squares, circles, arcs and curved arrows. Each piece is approximately 16 in. x 20 in.
George Segal’s (American) “Box, Man in Bar” (1969) is a sculpture consisting of several pieces: plaster man, wooden balcony, cloth drapes and tempera on metal. The plaster man extends to his waist. This piece is approximately 20 in. (w) x five feet (h).
The Museum of Contemporary Chicago currently has several, other, ongoing art exhibitions. These are on the second, third and fourth floors. The admission fee varies, but Illinois residents can enter free on every Tuesday.