Pop Departures at the Seattle Art Museum is reason enough to spend a day in the city — or overnight. The exhibition, which runs through January 11, 2015 explores consumer cultures, celebrity and media from the 1960s to the present. American pop art in that decade introduced the glossy world of consumer culture into the world of high art.
It has been more than 50 years since American pop art made its debut in the early ’60s, featuring provocative ideas by the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. The SAM exhibition features key works by pioneers of American pop art in the 1960s, and with humor and irony, charts later generations of artists from the 1980s through today. For those artists, pop art and consumer culture were an inspiration and a vehicle for critique. The exhibition investigates how these artists continued to critically engage with and redefine consumer culture and the cult of celebrity.
Seattle’s Hotel Max has opened a pop art gallery in its lobby, featuring original works by the same pop masters in SAM’s exhibition. I’ve included photos of the works in my slideshow; the five pieces will be on display at the hotel through the run of the SAM exhibition:
- Campbell’s Soup Can I – Vegetable (F&S 48) – Andy Warhol (1968)
- Flowers – Andy Warhol (1964)
- Money (With Space Between) – John Baldessari (1994)
- Balloon Dog (Blue) – Jeff Koons (2003)
- Five Flavored Fannie – Mel Ramos (2006)
Hotel Max and Miller’s Guild, the on-site restaurant, are offering a Go Pop getaway package that starts at $189 and may be booked through January 11, 2015. Call 866.986.8087 for reservations or book online. The package includes:
- Overnight at Hotel Max
- Two tickets to SAM’s Pop Departures exhibition
- $25 gift certificate to the SAM gift shop
- Two All Tomorrow’s Parties cocktails at Miller’s Guild
- Late 2PM checkout
What is an All Tomorrow’s Parties cocktail?
The All Tomorrow’s Parties cocktail is a nod to a song from the Velvet Underground, the house band at Andy Warhol’s famed factory. The banana daiquiri was made with house aged Rhum Agricole (cane juice rum) and inspired by Warhol’s cover art for the Velvet Underground’s debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico. The goal was to turn craft cocktails into performance art and give guests who ordered the drink the 15 minutes of fame Warhol predicted. When served, the bartenders (in honor of Warhol’s obsession with instant photography), took a keepsake Polaroid of the guest as they served the drink and gave the guest the photo. The same will happen at Miller’s Guild, where the cocktail will be featured on the bar menu for the duration of SAM’s Pop Departures exhibition.