America’s Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

Wed - Sun, through Jan 4
Bellevue Arts Museum Bellevue
This is an in-person event
"In different guises, monsters, superheroes, and villains have always been part of America’s cultural fabric. They scare us, thrill us, and most importantly, help guide us through the most terrifying and exhilarating moments of our lives. America’s Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains uses popular portrayals of these characters as a lens to explore America’s changing values during the politically turbulent period of the 1960s to the 1990s. The exhibition collects figures of playtime icons ranging from well-known DC and Marvel comic book characters to Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth’s anti-hero, Rat Fink, to Hollywood monsters of the 1960s. These toys are presented alongside their original packaging, posters, and other advertising materials that give further insight into their historical contexts and the evolution of toy design. Organized around five themes—Unintended Consequences; Truth, Justice, and the American Way; Innocent Monsters; With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power; and Myths and Legends—the exhibition sheds light on the heroes, creatures, and villains that have captured the American imagination and the sociopolitical issues they reflect." (Promo Copy)

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 Venue website

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