Remember the superheroes that made your childhood legendary at this exhibit on Saturday, July 6th! This weekend, head to San Antonio Museum of Art for a chance to check out “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” an exhibition that examines the art world’s responses to Superman and Wonder Woman, ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary interpretations.
Evidenced by the global success of recent films such as Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, among many others, the world is still captivated by the concept of superheroes. While less memorable examples might fall within that formulaic realm the New York Times summed up as “mental popcorn, meant to be rapidly consumed and forgotten,” the box office numbers prove we’re still collectively content to sit and watch statuesque freaks of nature fight off evil forces — even when the takeaway is minimal.
Long before the schlock of what’s been dubbed “Hollywood’s Comic Book Age,” Superman and Wonder Woman captured imaginations as defenders of humanity fighting injustices amid the backdrops of the Great Depression and WWII. Introduced in 1938 and 1941, respectively, this iconic, spandex-clad pair inspire myriad incarnations in “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder,” an exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Although it might conjure visions of comic cons and nerdy fan art, the traveling show digs deep into the cultural significance of both figures. Curated by Alejo Benedetti, the collection of 70-plus paintings, photographs, videos and installations goes beyond the expected depictions of costumed heroism to explore themes of humanity, idolatry, social structure, and the very building blocks that made these characters possible.
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.
Learn more about two of society’s most celebrated figures at “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder”! Admission is included with regular museum pricing. Tickets range from $12 to $20 and may be purchased online at www.samuseum.org or in-person at the museum.
If you feel like escaping Regatta Apartments in San Antonio, Texas for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that! Trust us when we say that there’s no harm in getting out and exploring the greater community.
Saturday, July 6, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78215