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How Art Made Pop

Mike Roberts with Travis Elborough 

From dada to Gaga and beyond, Mike Roberts’ How Art Made Pop examines the intertwined histories of pop music and the visual arts from the post-war period to the present day.

Sunday 10 Nov  |  12.15pm

An unprecedented expansion of art education in the late 1950s and early 1960s attracted a new wave of kids who would have normally headed into regular, blue-collar jobs. By attending art school these nascent stars gained access to a brave new world of romantic bohemianism and fanciful ideas about aesthetics, style and individualism. Where once these musicians would have considered themselves entertainers, they were now artists.

Join Roberts, in conversation with the author Travis Elborough, as he explores the exhilarating exchange between art schools and the pop stars they nurtured, a survey that will take us from Marcel Duchamp and The Beatles to KLF and Jay-Z via Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Pattie Smith, Blondie, Jeremy Deller and Tony Wilson’s Factory.

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