Fahamu Pecou, Nunna My Heros: After Barkley Hendricks’ ‘Icon for My Man Superman’, 1969, 2011. Acrylic, gold leaf, and oil stick on canvas, 63 x 49 ½ in. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine.
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.
The artists in Men of Steel, Women of Wonder use Superman and Wonder Woman to explore national identity, American values, social politics, representation, and the concept of humanity in this exciting, thought-provoking exhibition.