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Vandals to Vanguards presented by the Pensacola Museum of Art

Nov. 4-14

Location: Pensacola Museum of Art (and Other) View Map

Tickets: FREE w/ Reservations Recommended (See Event Description)

On view at the Pensacola Museum of Art from November 4, 2022 (w/ FREE admission during Foo Foo Fest Nov. 4-11), to January 8, 2023, the Vandals to Vanguards exhibition explores the evolution of pop art and street art through works from the museum’s collection and loans from local collectors.

Occupying the museum’s entire second floor, the exhibition will feature contemporary masterpieces by pop favorites like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring alongside current notorious street artists like Banksy and Mr. Brainwash.

The exhibition is a special opportunity to share works by celebrated artists and highlight incredible local collections.

The majority of the artworks on view will come from the collection of Lewis and Belle Bear, who fell in love with the playful and colorful work of the pop and street art movements many years ago. A longtime supporter of local arts organizations, Lewis always enjoyed collecting artwork but didn’t have a strong direction until he discovered the many-layered relationships between artists like Warhol, Haring, and Mr. Brainwash.


Opening Reception & Block Party – Nov. 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The world of pop and street art will be brought to life by a series of programs supported by a generous Foo Foo Festival grant. The week-long celebration of Vandals to Vanguards will kick off with an Opening Reception and Block Party on Friday, November 4. To honor the ethos of the artwork, attendees will be able to enjoy a block party outside the museum with food, beverages, and street art-themed activities. The exhibition opening event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.

PMA Art Factory Night at Vinyl Music Hall – Nov. 10, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

On the following Thursday, November 10th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the PMA aims to bring the vibe and cultural context of these artworks to life through an event at Vinyl Music Hall that merges music, video projections, live street art demos, and interactive silkscreen printmaking. This will include participatory experiences for the public to print their own t-shirt, tote bag, or band poster using custom designs by a local artist. The PMA will facilitate the creation of the printed items, working with event attendees throughout the duration of the event. As a connection to the well-known Warhol soup cans, the PMA will also be collecting canned food donations to benefit Manna Food Pantries at the event.

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