Modern day superheroes are the ultimate champions. They destroy bad guys, protect the innocent, and save the day or sometimes the world. My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action is a sprawling collection of 68 paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by artists from around the world.
Artists and storytellers have used superheroes to express our collective fears and viewpoints since ancient times. Many of the works in this show are based on comic book art created during the mid-1930s to late 1960s. Some images are funny and clever; others re-imagine iconic superheroes.
We all see ourselves in superheroes and their ability to do more than is humanly possible. We fall in love with the idea that there will be someone there to save us, as well as daydream about being the ones who do the saving.
Through the eyes of contemporary artists, My Hero! explores the enigmatic and iconic world of superheroes and the staying power of the extraordinary characters that inhabit this astonishing domain.
Guided tours run 45-60 minutes depending on student grade level. Tours are limited to a maximum of 60 students per group. Contact the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts to schedule tours at least three weeks in advance.
Information for EFA Presents!
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers docent-guided tours of My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action free-of-charge to school groups. Tours do not count towards using your school’s EFA Presents! Admission Credits.