Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop


Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 27, 6-8pm 

516 ARTS presented Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop, a solo exhibition of Colorado-based, African American artist Floyd D. Tunson, who for over four decades has been among the most highly regarded and influential artists in the Rocky Mountain region. He has achieved a rich and diverse body of work via painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and mixed media. The exhibition included various series through which Tunson has addressed concepts of cultural identity, American social history, race and class relations in the United States and abroad, pop culture, art history and the beauty of pure abstraction.

This survey of Tunson’s work “offers an explosion of ideas and emotions, unhindered by any single stylistic mode... His practice is informed by not only mid-century Pop luminaries but also by later strains of political artmaking.” (Artforum) “Tunson uses photo-based methods to explore racism and the damage it has done to the African-American community... An enormous and sweeping exhibition, Son of Pop highlights Tunson’s relentless visual intellegence and thoughtful political views.” (art ltd.)

Over his career, Tunson has earned a reputation as one of the region’s leading art teachers while simultaneously creating his own work and exhibiting nationally. Tunson’s art is included in the collections of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Denver Art Museum, the Kaiser-Permanente Corporation, the Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art, and many private collections nationwide.

This exhibition was organized by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and curated by Blake Milteer. It occupied both floors of 516 ARTS and had an accompanying full-color catalogue published by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with an essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.


racine kreyol1-2 webThe opening reception for Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop featured live music with Nadine Desormeau and Racine Kreyol, a group of Haitian and Latin American artists dedicated to educating the Albuquerque community about the rich tapestry of Haitian culture.  They play a mix of Afro-Caribbean sounds and Reggae.


Refreshments were available from Tractor Brewing and Quetzalcoatl & Pop Fizz Food Trucks.

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Tunson Image Gallery

  • Hearts and Minds, #1993 to 95, mixed media, 144 x 288 x 24 inches
  • Where in the Hell is Batman, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches
  • Old School Remix, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 168 inches
  • Untitled Remix H, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches
  • Endangered 7, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches



read: Challenging the mind, challenging the eye, by Brenna Gomez, Local IQ, October 2-15, 2014
read: A Pop Universe, by Kathaleen Roberts, Albuquerque Sunday Journal, September 21, 2014 

516 ARTS Flickr Collections


Funding for Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop is provided to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center by the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Funding to 516 ARTS comes from the McCune Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The FUNd of Albuquerque Community Foundation, The City of Albuquerque City Council and Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs.