“Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” – Launching Soon at Crystal Bridges Museum and San Antonio!

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas and learn all about their upcoming “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” exhibit.

This spectacular museum of American art is devoted to expanding people's notions of what art is. The Assistant Curator, Alejo Benedetti, of this particular exhibit is passionate about addressing and discussing how art can and should represent all artists and viewpoints.

I'm so excited to share more information about “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” launching soon at Crystal Bridges Museum and in San Antonio!

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“Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” – Launching Soon at Crystal Bridges Museum and San Antonio!

As many of you know, as for my house and I – we are HUGE comic book fans. My husband and I are also passionately about raising a new generation of empathetic, non-gender role specific children.

We are drawn to comic and depictions of superheroes who push the boundaries of what men and women are “supposed” to be. I love that this exhibit wants to offer fresh perspectives on the traditional ideals of truth, justice, and the American way.

What Can You Expect?

This exhibition features over 70 paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and more by a wide range of artists. The concept is simple – how can artists offer a fresh perspective on the dual cultural icons – Superman and Wonder Woman?

The artists featured in “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” strive to explore the concepts of Superman and Wonder Woman as they relate to national identity, American values, social politics, and the concept of humanity. What they achieve is exciting, thought-provoking, unforgettable!

What Will I See?

The exhibit will showcase over 70 artworks including: paintings, prints, photography, textiles, mixed media, video/film, sculptures, and ephemera.

It features over 50 artists including: Mel Ramos, Peter Saul, Fahamu Pecou, Jim Shaw, Norman Rockwell, Mike Kelley, Renee Cox, Emma Amos, Sarah Hill, Dara Birnbaum, Roger Shimomura, Desiree Navab, and Jacky Tsai.

Recognize a few of those names? Don't recognize others? AWESOME. The exhibit strives to introduce visitors to contemporary artists they may not know while leveraging their voices to tell their own stories.

“Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” allows visitors to see how the artists from different regions and mediums are exploring complex societal issues, such as: social justice, national identity, American values, and humanity.

Visitors will see up close both passionate endorsements of Superman and Wonder Woman's heroic ideals presented next to intense critiques of issues currently affecting American society.

What Does It Cost?

The admission price to the exhibit is $12 for adults. It's free for members and youth ages 18 and younger. Admission to Crystal Bridges Museum is always free.

Can I See It Anywhere Else?

The “Men of Steel, Women of Wonder” will travel to San Antonio Museum of Art from June 22 to September 2, 2019. It will then do a final stop at Addison Gallery of American Art from October 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

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I can tell you this without a moment's hesitation – I will be taking my husband and daughter with me to see the exhibit when it tours to San Antonio.

I cannot WAIT to share the amazing art that will be there with them. I mean, Norman Rockwell's “Rosie the Riveter” next to Renée Cox's “Chillin’ with Liberty” from the Rajé series? SIGN ME UP.

Will I see you there?