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Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Superman and Wonder Woman are two of the most beloved icons in American pop culture. Created in times of economic adversity and world war, these characters quickly emerged as beacons of American morality, representing the ideals of truth, justice, and the American way.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 to Sunday, April 21, 2019
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm | Monday 11am to 6pm | Wednesday - Friday 11am to 9pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Rates/Admission Prices

General Admission $12 (plus tax)
Free for members and youth ages 18 and younger

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
Hours of Operation

Saturday & Sunday:  10am to 6pm
Monday:  11am to 6pm
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: 11am to 9pm
Tuesday:  Closed

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder is a new exhibition developed by Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Alejo Benedetti that examines art-world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman ranging from their Depression-era origins to today’s contemporary artist interpretations. The exhibition features over 70 paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and more by over 50 artists. 

Offering fresh perspectives on these cultural icons and tapping into our current national love for superheroes, the artists in Men of Steel, Women of Wonder use Superman and Wonder Woman to explore national identity, American values, social politics, representation, the concept of humanity, and more.

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder will be debuting at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art beginning on February 9 until April 22, 2019. From there, the exhibition will travel to San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX) from June 22 to September 2, 2019, and will make a final stop at Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA) from October 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Photo Credits
Wonder Woman, 1962
Mel Ramos
Oil on canvas. 50 x 44 inches.
Rochelle and Darren Leininger Family Collection

Nunna My Heros: After Barkley Hendricks' 'Icon for My Man Superman', 1969, 2011
Fahamu Pecou
Acrylic, gold leaf, and oil stick on canvas. 63 x 49.5 inches.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine