The Museum of Art recently began installing its new exhibition, THINK FLAT: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami: Selections from the Freedman Family Collection and the BYU Museum of Art. The exhibition explores Warhol’s and Murakami’s aim to change perceptions of hierarchies through art, and opens Friday, September 7, 2012. To celebrate the opening the museum will provide an enjoyable evening with food, live music, and fun on Friday, September 7 as part of its First Friday celebration. The exhibition will run from September 7, 2012 to February 18, 2013.
American artist Andy Warhol and the later Japanese artist Takashi Murakami used pop art to examine the notion of thinking flat. Warhol’s art gives the seemingly low the same consideration as the high, and his dream for a future where everyone would become famous for 15 minutes was almost visionary, with the proliferation of social networking sites, reality television, and blogs.
Takashi Murakami has perpetuated this tradition of rejecting society’s dictates of high or low in consumerism, art, and culture in order to disempower hierarchies. But more importantly, his art comes with a veiled caution: infatuation with consumerism, stardom, and virtual worlds has the potential to undermine one’s sense of reality and connection with others. Murakami’s work reveals the paradoxes inherent in our flat world and the delights and perils that come with it.
The exhibition will run from August 31, 2012 to February 18, 2013.
Below are pictures from the installation.