Friday, September 25, 2015

"Superheroes in Gotham" at the New-York Historical Society

This fall, the New-York Historical Society will share the untold history of comic books, a cultural phenomenon born in 1930s New York City that has since taken the world by storm. On view October 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, Superheroes in Gotham will focus on our culture’s most legendary superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man – as well as more recent characters inspired by the contemporary city. Superheroes in Gotham also will consider the importance of New York as a creative force behind this uniquely American mythology.

Through comic books, original drawings, posters, video clips, costumes, early merchandise, and props, Superheroes in Gotham will tell the story of comic book superheroes in New York City; the leap of comic book superheroes from print to radio, to television, and ultimately to film; the role of fandom, including the yearly mega-event known as New York Comic Con; and explore how superheroes continue to inspire the work of contemporary artists and cartoonists in New York City. The exhibition was curated by New-York Historical’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.

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