Aaron Noble, Pawn Checks King, 2008, gouache on watercolor paper, 21 x 35 inches

Superheroes: Icons of Good, Evil & Everything in Between

October 1, 2011 - January 7, 2012


Superheroes is a multi-media, group exhibition about heroes, villains and other less-definable examples of human possibility. It explores the way we absorb these archetypes, and for good or ill, use them to inspire, author and rationalize our behavior. The exhibition features heroic representations of humanity’s light side, dark side and all shades in between. It is informed by pop culture notions of “Super” – both hero and villain – and examines the ways in which the Superhero and Supervillain archetypes are integrated into our culture, informing ideas of morality, civil responsibility and human achievement.



The exhibition is curated by 516 ARTS with Neilie Johnson, and also features a looped program of short films titled It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane… curated by Bryan Konefsky.

Participating artists:

Esteban Bojorquez (Santa Fe, NM), 
Boneface (Liverpool, England)
, Aaron Campbell (Albuquerque, NM), 
David Cudney (Albuquerque, NM), 
Lawrence Getubig (Washington D.C.)
, David Gremard Romero (San Francisco, CA), 
Ben Johnsen (Albuquerque, NM)
, Joel Jonientz (Grand Forks, ND), Mark Newport (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
, Aaron Noble (Los Angeles, CA)
, Marc Ouellette (Albuquerque, NM)
, Min Kim Park (Chicago, IL), 
Dulce Pinzón (Mexico City), 
Cullen Washington, Jr. (Boston, MA), 
Jolene Yazzie (Santa Fe, NM)

Press

Wesley Pulkka, “Show saves the world, one superhero at a time” Albuquerque Journal

Adrian Gomez, “Identity unbound” Albuquerque Journal