Supermarket: Pop Art and 1960’s America

Open December 6, 2019 – March 28, 2020

Ed Ruscha, "Mocha Standard"


The years following World War II ushered in a generation of unprecedented prosperity in America. Commercial production boomed, as an unprecendented range of mass-produced goods and labor-saving devices were produced for a modern way of life. Such modern approaches—mass produced cars, canned foods, suburban neighborhoods, and supermarkets—transformed American life.

Beginning in the early 1960s, Pop Artist embraced the imagery and style of advertising and popular media that dominated American culture. They appropriated fast food, grocery labels, movie stars, and other aspects of popular culture as the new language and values of contemporary life. Yet, beneath the glamour of prosperity and technological advancement, society grappled with complex social and political issues that defined and divided the nation.

Pop Art’s bold works offer an incisive lens into American material culture. Its imagery simultaneously reflected yet also appraised the social issues that continue to shape contemporary America.

Supermarket: Pop Art and 1960s America, from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation is open from December 6, 2019 – March 28, 2020.

About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. Today, the collection exceeds 13,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions. The Foundation has organized over 110 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 150 museums. Mr. Schnitzer is also President of Harsch Investment Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company based in Portland, Oregon, owning and managing office, multi-tenant industrial, multi-family and retail properties in six western states. For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, please visit




Friday, December 6, 2019

7 – 10 PM

Image at top: Ed Ruscha (b.1937), Mocha Standard, edition 64/100, 1969, screenprint, 24 7/8 x 40 inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer.  © Ed Ruscha

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