A feature on the transition of the exhibition International Pop from Walker Art Center to Dallas Museum of Art:
Originally organized by Darsie Alexander and Bartholomew Ryan for the Walker, the exhibition covers roughly two decades of the movement and introduces the work through thematic sections and regional context. Although Alexander and Ryan led the effort, it took them years of research and a global network of scholars and curators to bring the exhibition together.
From its starting point Pop moved across borders and media, consistently taking advantage of mass media’s power to bring a variety of messages to new audiences who were drawn in by the dynamic nature of the works. Still, many of these works were in line with the more colorful works of the more widely-recognized greats of the movement. What International Pop does for amateur and seasoned art historians alike is to reveal the distinct attributes that cultures developed as they celebrated Pop, tweaked it, or flat- out rejected what it stood for.