Public Program

Lecture: Professor Ellen Lupton on Pop Art and Graphic Design

Join us for a lecture with Ellen Lupton in conjunction with the exhibition Draw Like a Machine: Pop Art, 1952-1975, on view at the Menil Drawing Institute.

How did Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Idelle Weber, Faith Ringgold, and other similar artists employ commercial art techniques in their works? How did graphic designers such as Milton Glaser and Emory Douglas build on Pop Art’s new vernacular? Many mid-20th-century artists used lettering, tracing, printing, copying, and photomechanical enlarging in their artistic practices. In turn, Pop Art had an enormous impact on graphic design. This talk looks at this artwork and design through the lens of mechanical reproduction.

As always, Menil programs are free and open to all.

Attending the program:

This program takes place in the Menil Drawing Institute, located at 1412 W. Main St. All visitors are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth while inside of our art buildings. For additional protocols, click here.

Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here. Seating is first-come, first serve.

Registration is not required.

About the speaker:

Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Her recent exhibitions include Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master, Face Values: Understanding Artificial Intelligence, and The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. Her new exhibition Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics is now open at Cooper Hewitt. Lupton is the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at MICA in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics. Her latest books are Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers and Health Design Thinking. She is an AIGA Gold Medalist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.