Bedford Gallery 2016-2020

My Hero! Contemporary Art & Supreme Action
traveling group exhibition
curated by Carrie Lederer
Bedford Gallery
Walnut Creek, CA

Current exhibition location:
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA
September 14, 2019-January 12, 2020



My Hero! presents a sprawling collection of 50-75 international artworks that explore iconic superhero imagery, along with reimagined interpretations of our classic heroes. The artists in the exhibition both pay homage to these universal idols, and also present critical questions about their popularity and God-like stature. Some artists in the exhibition also spin the fantasy further by imagining the hero as a child, as an aging being, and even as an animal. The variety of interpretations in My Hero! is vast and challenging, dark and humorous, familiar yet new. The exhibition will be a likely hit with visitors, press and potential sponsors. The scalable 3,000 square foot exhibition will include a wide array of media, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, mixed media and video.



National artists included: Mike Alcantara (Austin, TX), Katherine Bradford (Brooklyn, NY), Robert Xavier Burden (San Francisco, CA), Enrique Chagoya (San Francisco, CA), Bill Concannon (Crockett, CA), Jeremy Fisher (Los Angeles, CA), Justin Hager (San Francisco, CA), Cheong-ah Hwang (Columbus, OH), Dave Laro (White River Junction, VT), Adam Lister (Beacon, NY), Mark Newport(Keego Harbor, MI), Aaron Noble (Los Angeles, CA), Jennie Ottinger (San Francisco, CA) Jenny Parks (Denver, CO), Dulce Pinzon (Brooklyn, NY), Peter and Madeline Powell (Maui, HI), Mel Ramos (Oakland, CA), Cheyenne Randall (Seattle, WA), Lizabeth Rossof (San Francisco, CA), Hannah Rothstein (San Francisco, CA), Samuel Rowlett (Western MA), Matt Ritchie (Castro Valley, CA), Steve Seeley (Chicago, IL), Rose Sellery, (Santa Cruz, CA), Inez Storer (Inverness, CA), Mark Todd (Sierra Madre, CA), Frank Trankina (Chicago, IL), Winston Tseng (New York, NY), Linda Vallejo (Topanga, CA), Dan Willner(Charlotte, NC), William Wray (Sierra Madre, CA), Jason Yarmosky (Brooklyn, NY), Maurizio Zuluaga (Jersey City, NJ)

International artists included: Sandra Chevrier (Montreal, Quebec), Marcus D’Alfonso (Markham, Ontario), Andreas Englund (Stockholm, Sweden), Ole Marius Joergensen (Oslo, Norway), Graham Kirk (New Plymouth, New Zealand), Jannis Markopoulos (Berlin, Germany), Foto Marvellini (Vercelli, Italy), Simon Monk (Essex, UK), Rémi Noël (Paris, France), Laurina Paperina (Rovereto, Italy), Alessandro Rabatti (Florence, Italy), Patricia Waller (Berlin, Germany)





Exhibition schedule:

California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA
May 21-August 14, 2016

Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
September 10-December 11, 2016

Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA
January 12-March 18, 2017

International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX
April 15-July 23, 2017

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
August 24, 2017-January 2, 2018

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI
February 3-May, 15 2018

South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD
June 12-October 2, 2018

Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
November 1-December 31, 2018

Museum of Art & Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
February 2-May 5, 2019

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring, TX
June 1-August 17, 2019

Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA
September 14, 2019-January 12, 2020

Museum of Art & Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
Exhibition Dates TBA

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring, TX
Exhibition Dates TBA

Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA
Exhibition Dates TBA



The South Dakota Art Museum Hosts “My Hero!” An Exploration of Superhero Narratives, Juxtapoz Magazine, June 12, 2018



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