Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans is one of the most recognizable paintings that represents a quintessential image of Pop Art. But not all of it was a glorification of popular culture. Sinister Pop, at the Whitney, takes a look at Pop Art from the movement’s inception in the early 1960s through the ’70s and focuses on Pop’s “darker side, as it distorts and critiques the American dream.” The show includes “figures long associated with Pop Art alongside those who were not,” Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s chief curator said, and also “attempts to bring a more textured and complex reading to a period that was pivotal in the U.S. and internationally.” Some of the artists in this exhibition are Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Warhol, William Eggleston, Peter Saul, Christina Ramberg, and Vija Celmins, among others.

Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Feb. 21. Continues through March 31, 2012