My Hero! presents a sprawling collection of 50-75 international artworks that explore iconic superhero imagery, along with reimagined interpretations of our classic heroes. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal idols, and also present critical questions about their popularity and God-like stature. Some artists in the exhibition also spin the fantasy further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging being, and even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero is vast and challenging, dark and humorous, familiar yet new.
The scalable 3,000 square foot exhibition includes a wide array of media, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, mixed media and video. Images of select artworks are here.
Artists Mike Alcantara, Katherine Bradford, Robert Xavier Burden, Enrique Chagoya, Sandra Chevrier, Bill Concannon, Marcus D’Alfonso, Andreas Englund, Jeremy Fisher, Foto Marvellini,Justin Hager, Cheong-ah Hwang, Ole Marius Joergensen, Graham Kirk, Dave Laro, Adam Lister, Jannis Markopoulos, Simon Monk, Mark Newport, Rémi Noël, Aaron Noble, Jennie Ottinger, Laurina Paperina,Jenny Parks, Dulce Pinzon, Peter and Madeline Powell, Alessandro Rabatti, Mel Ramos, Cheyenne Randall, Lizabeth Rossof, Hannah Rothstein, Samuel Rowlett, Matt Ritchie, Steve Seeley, Rose Sellery, Inez Storer, Mark Todd, Frank Trankina, Winston Tseng, Linda Vallejo, Patricia Waller, Dan Willner, William Wray, Jason Yarmosky, Maurizio Zuluaga
Venues California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA | May 21 - Aug. 14, 2016 Huntsville Museum of Art, AL | Sept. 10 - Dec. 11, 2016 Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA | Jan. 12 - Mar. 18, 2017 International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX | Apr. 15 - July 23, 2017 Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT | Aug. 24, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI | Feb. 3 - May, 15 2018 South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD | June 12 - Oct. 2, 2018 Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV | Nov 1 - Dec. 31, 2018 Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL | Jan. 31 – May 5, 2019 Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring, TX | June 1 – Aug. 17, 2019 Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA | Sept. 14 – Jan. 12, 2020