UPDATE: Son of Pop to travel the west


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The FAC released a statement about the Pop shows, detailing what portions of the exhibit will appear:
The travelling (sic) exhibition is comprised of 40 specially-selected works from Son of Pop's premier at the Fine Arts Center in the autumn of 2012. This exhibition remains expansive in its scope of Tunson’s career and in the depth and dynamic range of his work.  ... The works in this exhibition center upon the imagery and themes found in the magnificent installation Hearts and Minds: the Endangered series’ beautifully-rendered portraits of African-American youth, the Nubian series’ abstract dialogue with the crossroads of Africa, and the Synchro-Mesh series’ reflection of Tunson’s experiences the American South. Tunson’s recent Remix series and other select works look to a synthesis of popular culture and art historical imagery with the artist’s equally critical and reverent eye.


In speaking with Floyd Tunson in advance of his 2012 Son of Pop retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the artist said he hoped the show would travel.

Museum director Blake Milteer added, "Floyd is clearly an artist who is at a point where he could see some significant recognition from elsewhere in the country. And I think there's nothing better for our region, creatively, than when somebody else says, 'Oh, wow, I didn't know that kind of depth of idea and image was going on there.'"

Well, now it will. Son of Pop will hit 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM this September, and then move on to the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Mont. next March. 

516 calls itself a "an independent, nonprofit arts and education organization operating a museum style gallery" that hosts events like PechaKucha nights, film screenings, and youth poetry nights. YAM, meanwhile, is the largest contemporary art institution in Montana, and is currently hosting Face to Face, an international exhibition of riffs on portraiture, with pieces from Kehinde Wiley and Neal Ambrose Smith, among others.


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