Batman, Wonder Woman, And More Go On Display In New Superhero Art Exhibit

Superheroes like Batman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman already have representation in the art world in the form of the comics they appear in, but a new exhibit is taking it one step further. The Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery has an ongoing exhibit that takes the beloved superheroes off of the comic page and puts them up in the gallery, and it’s pretty cool looking, to boot.

Superheroes, of course, have been a source of wonder and inspiration for countless fans for decade, but the past few years have seen them exploding into the public mind in a way that exceeds even their popularity in the so-called Golden Age of comics. The Avengers and the X-Men are now household names, and there is a groundswell of support for a Wonder Woman movie to show that a woman can grapple with supervillains just as well as a man can.

Now, though, the Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery has an exhibit that takes it a step further.

From now through September 9, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more will be on display in the Hamptons in an exhibit called My Hero II. The exhibit is meant to celebrate the increased popularity of superheroes, coming on the heels of runaway hit films like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers. The home page for the exhibit even notes this, pointing out that 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance and the year that Thor will turn into a woman.

A central element of the exhibit will be the “What Defines Us,” which Elisa touts as “a new vision of Batman envisioned in cut and layered Birch wood” from Texas artist Mitch McGee. The exhibit will also feature a “Battle of the Sexes,” which will Superman and Wonder Woman “soaring throughout the artworks.”

There will also be Justice League works on display by Oliver Peterson, rendered in a multidimensional, mixed media fashion.


Possibly best of all will be the lunch boxes. Hyper-realist artists Peter and Madeline Powell have rendered Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as others, in lunch box pieces reminiscent of the ones kids take to school with them.

Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman won’t be getting all of the love, though. Don Morris has rendered a number of stunning collages constructed from comic pages, and Oliver Peterson has contributed multiple works displaying Hellboy and others in collages.

So, if you wind up in Bridgehampton before September 9, pop into the Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery and see how far comic heroes have come. It’s not the same as a Wonder Woman movie, but it should satisfy until she and the rest of the Justice League take the big screen.