Past Exhibitions

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

October 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020

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

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder examines art world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman ranging from their Depression-era origins to ​contemporary artists' interpretations. The exhibition includes over 70 paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and more by a wide range of artists, exploring national identity, American values, social politics, and the concept of humanity.

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Generous support for the Addison's presentation of this exhibition has been provided by the Arthur and Vivian Schulte Exhibitions Fund and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. Joseph Bae ’90 and Janice Lee P’21, ’23; the Abbot Academy Fund, continuing Abbot's tradition of boldness, innovation, and caring;​ and the Bernard and Louise Palitz Lecture Fund have contributed critical programmatic funding.​​

We recognize that Superman and Wonder Woman are familiar figures and may have more appeal for younger audiences. For parents and families, it’s important to know that in
Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, there are a range of ways artists are depicting these characters. Some are represented in familiar and heroic ways, while others are exploring mature topics like race, gender, sexuality, and national identity.​