Men of Steel, Women of Wonder Exhibit at Crystal Bridges + Art Space Launch!


Men of Steel, Women of Wonder Exhibit

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Soapbox Influence. All opinions are entirely my own.

The main purpose of my recent visit to Bentonville, Arkansas was to celebrate the upcoming Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibit making its way to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Bloggers celebrating the Men of Steel, Women of Wonder Exhibit
Bloggers celebrating the Men of Steel, Women of Wonder Exhibit.

9 fabulous bloggers from across the country were invited to travel to Crystal Bridges to learn more about this exciting exhibit. Soapbox Influence did such a great job getting a diverse and unique group of influencers, writers, artists, and bloggers together.

Renee Cox, Chillin' with Liberty | Men of Steel, Women of Wonder.
Renee Cox, Chillin’ with Liberty | Men of Steel, Women of Wonder.

Wonder Woman and Superman are two of the most recognizable, iconic, and beloved characters in American history.

The Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibit will examine how the art world has responded to Superman and Wonder Woman throughout the decades.

You will find works ranging from the Depression-era (when Superman and Wonder Woman first appeared) to modern interpretations of this powerful duo!

Christopher (phone) by Siri Kaur | Men of Steel, Women of Wonder.
Christopher (phone) by Siri Kaur | Men of Steel, Women of Wonder.

This exhibit will feature more than 70 pieces of art, ranging from paintings to videos. Some pieces are part of the Crystal Bridges permanent collection, and some were brought in specifically for this exhibit.

I was especially excited to see that Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter was not only a part of this exhibit, but a part of the museum’s permanent collection. I still can’t believe I was able to see and photograph this piece in person! DREAM COME TRUE.

Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell | Men of Steel, Women of Wonder.
Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell | Men of Steel, Women of Wonder.

The Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibit will be on display at Crystal Bridges from February 9 – April 22, 2019 and is the first major art exhibition honoring these two American icons. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to be share more about this exhibit with you!

Bloggers at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Bloggers at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Comic book fans will be treated to two extra special surprises: a pristine edition of an “Action Comics No. 1” and a 1st Edition Wonder Woman. I’ve seen an edition of Action Comics No. 1 sell for $3,000,000+ on eBay, so this is an incredible opportunity for fans to see one up close!

The price to view this exhibit will be $12 for adults and free for museum members and for all guests 18 and under.

Men of Steel, Women of Wonder: A Deeper Connection.

Wintered Fields by Jason Bard Yarmosky.
Wintered Fields by Jason Bard Yarmosky.

One of the stand-out pieces for me is the one pictured above. Wintered Fields was created by Jason Bard Yarmosky in honor of his grandmother’s struggles with dementia and will be on display during the Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibition.

I recently lost my grandmother after a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. As one of her caretakers, the disease not only took its terrible toll on her, but on me as well.

It has been difficult for me to celebrate the beautiful life she lived, because I’ve been so focused on what aging did to her body, mind, and spirit. It was ugly, y’all.

Yarmosky has done an incredible job portraying the complexities of aging — in a beautiful way. His art inspired an incredible amount of emotions in me.

I am still healing from the death of my grandmother, but seeing his art really showed me that it is possible to celebrate all aspects of her life — the good and the bad.

There is beauty in aging. There is beauty in the struggle between physiological and psychological changes. There is beauty in celebrating every stage of life. My grandmother was a wondrous woman — she always was, and always will be.

It is possible to celebrate the juxtaposition of having lived a strong life, even after the fragility of aging and disease has invaded it. What a powerful piece of art!

Launching Art into Space with Artist Robert Pruitt!

We were also invited to cover the launch of a piece of art into space. This launch was planned in honor of the Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibit! How cool is that?

Artist Robert Pruitt created an altered wooden Dogon figure to send into space. Pruitt covered the figure in aluminum foil. He also added an antennae, a GoPro camera, and a small suitcase which contained an undisclosed item that would be delivered to space!

Robert Pruitt Art Sent into Space.
Robert Pruitt Art Sent into Space.

The sculpture was attached to a weather balloon which carried it into space. After a couple of hours, it returned to earth. According to the artist, it landed on someone’s property and was later retrieved.

As a huge space enthusiast, this was an awesome experience for me!

The excitement in Bentonville for “the launch” of this new exhibit is palpable — and rightfully so!

The staff and curators at Crystal Bridges are offering multiple artist-led workshops, programs and tours in conjunction with this exhibit. You can check them out on the Men of Steel, Women of Wonder page.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out my experience at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, as well as my thoughts on the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

“Up, up and away!”

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