An American Folk Artist
Thursday, June 27, 5 pm
A members-only gallery conversation with artist Rob Pruitt and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the AAM’s Nancy and Bob Magoon CEO and Director.
Since the early 1990s, Rob Pruitt’s risk-taking investigations into American popular culture have taken many forms. From his notorious Cocaine Buffet (1998) and glitter portraits of pandas to such events as his ongoing Flea Market and Annual Art Awards, Pruitt has employed a post-Pop sensibility to playfully satirize the art world and its ambivalent relation to celebrity and popular culture. His exhibition at the AAM will be the artist’s first ever solo museum survey in America, simultaneously charting a path through Pruitt’s diverse oeuvre and staying true to the spirit of disruption that has long been central to his practice.
Rob Pruitt: An American Folk Artist is organized by the AAM and funded in part by the AAM National Council with additional support from Allison and Warren Kanders. General exhibition support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Exhibition lectures are presented as part of the Questrom Lecture Series and educational outreach programming is made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.
Rob Pruitt (born 1964, Washington, D.C.) has been exhibiting internationally for the past 25 years. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany; Dallas Contemporary; and the Public Art Fund, New York. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions internationally including major exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; and the 2002 Shanghai Biennale, among many others.