POP+ Unites: Six Pieces of MoPOP Content That Highlight Coming Together
In an increasingly fragmented world, pop culture is a universal language through which we can build connections. The Museum of Pop Culture creates both a physical space and an intellectual and emotional opportunity for people from every background to explore, find community, and recognize their own creative potential.
POP+ Unites, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, celebrates pop culture’s ability to bring people together, especially during uncertain and distressing times. As 2020 comes to a close, we're bringing you an array of content that bridges the physical distance and keeps us connected.
As part of POP+ Unites, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, we went through MoPOP's exhibitions tospotlightartifactsand moments which reinforce the conviction that pop culture is a universal language through which we can build connections and come together. Check it out below, and let us know what you think we missed in the comments!
One of the most powerful themes inThe Wizard of Oz is that of teamwork (L. Frank Baum’s book was an allegory for American politics at the time).Individually, each one of Dorothy’s newly found companionshad a perceived weakness or want: the Scarecrow longed for a brain, the Tin Woodman, a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, courage. But in building connection, they not only helped each other overcome those perceived weaknesses, but they met every challenge by coming together.
Considered aclassic,Ghostbustersis amasterclass inteamworkand coming together.Each member bringswith them a unique set of skillsthat complementsthose of their teammates. Moreover, theircomradery—especially when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds—allowsthem to come together and overcome whatever ghoul and spook they are facing.
Designed in a way that encourages collaboration,Minecraft is an accessible experience that welcomes all and encourages people to explore the reaches of their imagination, discover the vastness of their creativity, and thrive on a platform that celebrates community and the beauty of building connections. MoPOP's Minecraft: The Exhibition explores how the game makes room for unlimited creative expression, community-crafting, and inspiration to build a better world outside of the virtual space.
From players teaminguptodefeat the challenges within a particulargametothe teams that develop thegames themselves, gaming culture is all about building connections and coming together.Biped,one of the games featured in our Indie Game Revolution exhibition,is a great example of the former, andchallenges itsplayers to overcome different challenges as theytry to save the Earth from going dark. LUNA The Shadow Duston the other hand, is a great example of the latter—a game that was developed by a teamthat worked remotely from different parts of the world. In development from 2015 to 2020, members of its creative teamlived in Canada, China, and the United Kingdom, respectively.
Not many people outside of the rock and hip hop music fandoms may know this, butPearl Jam and rap group Cypress Hill collaborated on a track called “Real Thing” for thesoundtrackalbumfor thefilmJudgement Night(1993).This album, which shared the same title as the film,paired the hottest rock and hip hop artists of the day together, peaking at No. 17 on the Billboard 200.Someof thepairings includedMudhoney and Sir Mix-A-Lot, Slayer and Ice-T, Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul,just to name a few.
The connection between the tattoo artist andthe clientcannot be overstated.Fromthe collaboration that allowsan idea to come to life, to the trusta client bestows on the artist toetchsomething permanent onto them,this bondbetweentwo people reminds usofthe beautiful things we can create when wecome together and share ideas.