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'Roy Lichtenstein and the Origins of Pop Art’ Webinar. Monday, Jan 315 PM - 7 PM PST

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

Can't make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week! New York Adventure Club |

Why has Pop Art — a movement initially ridiculed by art critics and historians — outlasted them all to become, arguably, modern art’s most “modern” art? And why is it that works of the premier American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein continue to elicit strong reactions from both his fans and his detractors almost 60 years later? It's time to explore the life's work of an artist that has defined the pop art movement for over half a century.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the verbal and visual history of Pop Art, and analyze the foundational works and artists that have come to define the modern art style with a focus on those from Roy Lichtenstein.

Led by pop culture historian Arlen Schumer, our virtual deep dive into the Pop Art universe will include:

  • A discussion of the definition of Pop Art: the idea that everyday objects, motifs, and ideas from our commercial culture could be legitimate areas of artistic study and exploration

  • The origins of the Pop Art movement, and how its signature look of bold primary colors, oversized printing dots, and graphic faces and heroic figures took shape

  • The significant role Andy Warhol played in Roy Lichtenstein’s early career breakthrough

  • Why Mel Ramos deserves the very criticism that’s always been leveled at Lichtenstein

  • How works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist fit in Pop Art’s story

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Arlen — any and all questions about Pop Art are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Arlen

Arlen Schumer, MFA is one of the foremost historians of comic book art, named by Comic Book Artist magazine in 1998 as "one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America." His coffee table book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, won the Independent Publishers Book Award for best Popular Culture book.

Schumer is also one of comic book art’s most idiosyncratic practitioners, creating award-winning illustrations for the advertising and editorial markets.

“One of the country’s pre-eminent authorities on comics and culture.” —Jon Meyerson, Producer, ABC News’ 20/20

“Nobody speaks about comics with more authority, understanding and love than Arlen does. He is to comics what Pauline Kael was to movies.” —Clem Robins, letterer for DC and Marvel Comics


"Enjoyed seeing pictures of the artwork. Lichtenstein is great." -Charles

"Arlen is a great presenter and enthusiastic about his subject matter." -Amy

"I love the way he focused on one artist to tell the story." -Donna

"Arlen is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable, and I learned a lot about the history of pop art!" -Stacey

"Love the speaker, the visual-lecture, the topic." -Rachel

"Speaker very knowledgeable and was able to talk at ease about the subject matter." -Holly

"The knowledge and passion of the presenter. It focused on a small enough topic to fit the time available." -Andrew

"Great coverage of Pop Artists..especially Lichtenstein. A favourite of mine." -Ronald

"I love the historical context, photos, comic panel examples and just overall jovial atmosphere." -Maggie

"The lecture gives a very good introduction to Pop Art." -Michael

"Simples, I like fine art and comics, high brow culture in dialectic with low brow culture, as it is "junk" culture that informs the general populace and direction of nations." -Simon

"Knowledgeable well-spoken presenter." -Helen

"Great Information. The focus on Lichenstein. The connection between abstract modernism and pop art." -Karen

"Good history of pop art, with, of course, good illustrations." -Louis

"Arlen's deep expertise, incredible passion and excellent presentation skills!" -Steven

"Everything...especially Arlen as a speaker. I have now seen ALL of his webinars!" -Bettina

"Everything. Arlen is so extremely knowledgeable. I have taken several other of his webinars. This was so fantastic. I definitely will look him up and try to take some more of the webinars." -Muriel


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