For Immediate Release: California Center for the Arts, Escondido Presents “My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action” Curated by Carrie Lederer of the Bedford Gallery with “Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit” Curated by Tracy Black

Escondido, California — :

“My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action”
Curated by Carrie Lederer of the Bedford Gallery
“Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit”
Curated by Tracy Black
May 21 – August 14, 2016

Exclusive Media & Member-Only Opening Reception
Friday, May 20, 2016
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Public Opening Party ($15 admission)
Friday, May 20, 2016
7:30pm – 10:30pm

The Museum @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025


Escondido, CA — Thursday, March 10, 2016 — With a new crop of summer blockbusters gearing up to hit the big screen, The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido takes a deeper look at some favorite time-tested heroes. Beginning on May 21, 2016, the dual exhibitions “My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action” and “Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit,” will open and run through August 14, 2016. Both exhibitions delve into the lives of characters we know and love in thought-provoking new ways.

My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action” allows us a glimpse into the secret lives of our most loved superheroes through a sprawling collection of artwork. Created in a variety of media by artists from the region and around the world, these interpretations range from dark to humorous and familiar to new. Curator Carrie Lederer notes, “For decades, artists have tapped the world of the superhero, eager to explore the alluring concept of what it means to have an avatar. We’re captivated by miraculous, superhuman strength, startling bravery, the enthralling adventures, and even their weaknesses.”

The artists in the exhibition pay homage to these universal idols and present critical questions about their God-like stature as they re-imagine and newly interpret iconic superhero imagery. Some of the works featured in the exhibition include Dulce Pinzon’s (Brooklyn, NY) photographs depicting the lives of immigrants as society’s “real superheroes,” with images of Catwoman working as a nanny and Superman delivering pizzas. Also to be featured, Mel Ramos’s (Oakland, CA) oil painting of Superman (1962), which was recently on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA.

“Curiouser and curiouser!” On May 27, 2016 with Walt Disney Pictures’ much anticipated film release of, Alice Through the Looking Glass, the Center hopes to share the key to this strange and fascinating world in “Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit.” Over 25 world renowned artists who have worked for the likes of The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, Henson Studios, 3D Systems, and Gentle Giant Studios, including the SyFy Network’s celebrity Face Off judge, Neville Page, have created works in tribute to this literary opus.

Recently celebrating the 150th “unbirthday” of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, the Museum exhibit explores the fantasy and whimsy that has kept audiences spellbound for well over a century.  The exhibition also aims to raise awareness for the Global Medical Relief Fund (GMRF) who works to aid children around the world who are missing or have lost the use of limbs or eyes; have been severely burned, injured due to war, natural disaster, or illness.  Several pieces of original works created by children who have received aid from the GMRF will be on view.



My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action” will include over 40 artists’ work, spanning the country to Europe, New Zealand, and Canada. The artists include: 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), Peter and Madeline Powell (Maui, HI), 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), 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), and Patricia Waller (Berlin, Germany). Interviews and hi-res images are available upon request.

Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit” artists include local standouts and some of the biggest Creature and Concept Designers in Hollywood. The artists include: Preston Adell (Los Angeles, CA), Michelle Agin (Philadelphia, PA),  Alvaro Buendia (Irvine, CA), Ron Brillantes (Carlsbad, CA), Dee Chavez (Los Angeles, CA), Sean Dietrich (Anacortes, WA), Jose Emroca (Oceanside), Ivonne Escoto (Los Angeles, CA), Nicole Filiatrault (Los Angeles, CA), Stephen Fishwick (San Diego, CA), Peter Han (San Diego, CA), Eddie Holly (Scripps Ranch, CA), Daniel Jaimes (San Diego, CA), Adam Kyron Murillo (San Diego, CA), Dan Mac Isaac (San Diego, CA), Dean MacAd am (San Diego, CA), Mando Medrano (San Diego, CA), Rod Mojica (San Diego, CA), Valerie Nielsen (Los Angeles, CA), Neville Page (Los Angeles, CA), Mark Richmond (Miami, FL), Erika San Luis (San Diego, CA), Dee Schiller (Los Angeles, CA), Grisha Smirnov (Moscow, Russia), Graham Smith (San Diego, CA), Michael Striler (Carlsbad, CA), Steven Van (Los Angeles, CA), David Van Gough (Julian, CA), Danelle Vierkant (Los Angeles, CA), Sam Wallace (San Diego, CA).




About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

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