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"Super Heroics": artist's talk by Mark Newport, Arizona State University

Arizona artist Mark Newport expresses his ideas about male identity in American society, “Turning the superhero inside out is a way for me to present an understanding of masculinity," says Newport. "Superheroes suggest strength, but knitting them or covering them with embroidery provides a softness that is contradictory to their image."

Date: Friday, March 30th, 2007

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Boliou Hall Auditorium, room 104

Contact: Wendy Nordquist, Art Gallery, Laurel Bradley x4342, x5870

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For centuries, knitting has been associated with the feminine -- Arizona artist Mark Newport, (faculty member, ASU School of Art) however, views knitting and related domestic textile arts in quite a different way. For him, they are symbols for understanding masculinity and brute strength -- and the unlikely means by which he is able to create the iconic wardrobes of the superhero. Through methods traditionally associated with female cultural identity, Newport expresses his own ideas about male identity in American society.

Check out some of Mark Newport's work


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