Exhibition Opening: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Jun 21, 10:00 AM–9:00 PM

Cowden Gallery

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Add to Calendar 6/21/2019 10:00 AM 6/21/2019 9:00 PM America/Chicago Exhibition Opening: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, examines the art world’s responses to Superman and Wonder Woman, ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary interpretations. The exhibition features more than seventy works including paintings, photographs, photographs, installations, and videos by a wide range of artists, such as Layla Ali, Dara Birnbaum, Renée Cox, Mary Beth Edelson, Fahamu Pecou, Pope.L, Mel Ramos, Norman Rockwell, and Jim Shaw, among others.

"Most of us connect to superheroes. They might be a touchstone of our childhood; we might like to intellectualize the myths, symbols, and narratives embodied in their character and actions; or we might respond emotionally to their superpowers and abilities to destroy the bad guys and save our world," said Suzanne Weaver, Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “In this exhibition, the artists who have interpreted these cultural icons with fresh eyes go deeper by exploring the relationship of Superman and Wonder Woman to national identity, American values, social politics, and the concept of humanity.” 
 

San Antonio Museum of Art (cowden_gallery)

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, examines the art world’s responses to Superman and Wonder Woman, ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary interpretations. The exhibition features more than seventy works including paintings, photographs, photographs, installations, and videos by a wide range of artists, such as Layla Ali, Dara Birnbaum, Renée Cox, Mary Beth Edelson, Fahamu Pecou, Pope.L, Mel Ramos, Norman Rockwell, and Jim Shaw, among others.

"Most of us connect to superheroes. They might be a touchstone of our childhood; we might like to intellectualize the myths, symbols, and narratives embodied in their character and actions; or we might respond emotionally to their superpowers and abilities to destroy the bad guys and save our world," said Suzanne Weaver, Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “In this exhibition, the artists who have interpreted these cultural icons with fresh eyes go deeper by exploring the relationship of Superman and Wonder Woman to national identity, American values, social politics, and the concept of humanity.” 
 

This exhibition is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. It is generaously funded by The Brown Foundation, Inc. and The Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992.

This exhibition is supported by the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture.

 

Caption: Fahamu Pecou, Nunna My Heros: After Barkley Hendricks’ ‘Icon for My Man Superman’, 1969, 2011, Acrylic, gold leaf, and oil stick on canvas, 63 x 49 ½ in., Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine, Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

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