Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago
If you think Andy Warhol's "Soup Cans" represent all there is to pop art, think again. Thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art's revelatory exhibits, The Street, The Store and The Silver Screen: Pop Art From The MCA Collection and Pop Art Design, the broad scope of the 60s and '70s era movement is on vivid display. Yes, Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell soup cans are featured but so are a host of striking images positioned as "an attack on the privileged world of fine art."
 
Ed Pasche's fanciful portraits of street hustlers, Claes Oldenburg's kitschy fried egg sculpture and Christo's bright orange storefront, which opens the show, all reflect how pop culture concepts, with their focus on simplicity and glossy market appeal, have shaped contemporary visual cues. 
 
Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago
Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago 
Divided into two segments, with the design portion following the visual, the exhibit also underscores how fun art can be. A section between the two galleries supplies replicas of funky furniture including a cactus coat stand and a couch formed into crimson lips, that just begs to be touched. Pop art influenced all aspects of design, including chairs, lamps, tableware and architecture.
 
Don't miss these delightful shows, which run through March 27, and check out some of the many other major exhibits for 2016 coming to Chicago.
 
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Avenue 
  • The museum offers free tours daily and is closed on Mondays 
  • Suggested admission is $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors
  • Free admission for Illinois residents every Tuesday
 Pasche
 
Photo credits:
Installation view, Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago, December 19, 2015-March 27, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Ed Paschke, Casey, 1975. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, bequest of Ruth S. Nath. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.