Edward Ruscha. OOF. 1962 (reworked 1963) 46

Oil on canvas, 71 1/2 x 67" (181.5 x 170.2 cm). Gift of Agnes Gund, the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Robert and Meryl Meltzer, Jerry I. Speyer, Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, Emily and Jerry Spiegel, an anonymous donor, and purchase. © 2024 Edward Ruscha

Narrator: Go ahead. I dare you not to say it.

Kid voice 1: Oof!

Kid voice 2: Oof?!

Narrator: “oof” a real word? It is if you’re reading a comic strip! The artist, Ed Ruscha, liked the kind of words you find in comic strips—the ones that stand for sounds. Can you think of any others?

Kid voice 1: Smash!

Kid voice 2: Honk!

Narrator: Ed Ruscha made paintings of those words, too. Here’s what he had to say about this one:

Artist, Ed Ruscha: This comes from when I was a kid and I would read cartoons and somebody would always be punching someone else in the stomach, and the sound that came out was always “oof!”

Narrator: This painting is an example of “Pop Art.” “Pop” stands for “popular.” Pop artists made art about things they saw in movies, in newspapers, and even at the grocery store. See if you can find other examples of pop art while you're here at the museum.