El Paso Museum of Art: Prince, Koons, and Gober
The El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso, TX) is showing three artworks from the Art Bridges collection: Richard Prince’s Nurse Elsa (on view since early 2017), Jeff Koons’s One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. J Silver Series), and Robert Gober’s Untitled through November 2018.
EPMA has placed the works within the contemporary section of its Tom Lea Gallery and interpreted these three objects in terms of their dialogue with popular culture, their diverse approaches to media, and their place within contemporary artistic innovation. The narrative of 20th–century American art often highlights Abstract Expressionism, so this exhibition offers audiences a greater depth of appreciation and understanding by examining key artists who continued to develop the connection between fine art and pop culture (as well as, in the case of Prince, an artist who continued the evolution of expressive painting). The interpretation of these three works also provides the opportunity to discuss the central place of American art and culture within the Pop art movement. These loans help the EPMA team to tell these stories more fully. The art’s witty approach, connection with popular culture, and innovative use of materials will make its interpretation accessible both to our existing audiences and new, younger patrons.
As the only accredited art museum within a 250-mile radius, EPMA takes the lead in bringing fine art to the region. This includes many visitors from Ciudad Juárez and Northern Mexico. A crucial component of their vision is to introduce Borderplex residents to new art, especially works that allow for new interpretations and understanding of our collection.
The exhibition has also introduced local students to nationally significant art and helped to strengthen partnerships with educational institutions such as El Paso’s Independent School Districts and the University of Texas at El Paso, whose student body is composed of about 10% Mexican nationals, many of whom commute daily from Ciudad Juárez.
Art Bridges support includes:
- Programming & Evaluation Project – an Art School Master Class, three multi-disciplinary talks connecting music and visual art, music performances, teacher workshops, digital interpretation, and interactive experiences for the web.