5:30–7:30pm, Fri 9 Feb 2018 — Reception to Open the Crypt of SuperMonster市City! & Pop Art Show — Monsters, Superheroes and Villains Coming to the Schelfhaudt Gallery! The exhibition runs from Feb. 9th through March 18, 2018.

A truly monstrous exhibition of toys, models, posters and more!


SuperMonster市City! announces the opening of America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains at the SCHELFHAUDT GALLERY on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9th, 2018.  The exhibit features over 200 vintage original toys and artifacts from the vaults of collector David Barnhill, James Bama and Todd McFarlane and toys from Mattel, Hasbro, Aurora, Marx, MPC. Pop Artist INCLUDED ARE:  Sabeena Jindal, Gerrit Huig, Mike Klotz, Peter Konsterlie, David R. Morico, and Carl Schumann

The toys, posters, advertising materials, television commercials and movie trailers in the exhibition tell the story of six decades of America’s fear at play.  America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains demonstrates how playtime icons of American culture reflect a country’s changing ideals and serve as historical documentation of a nation’s emerging creativity and its evolving norms and conventions.  Gallery-goers will come face-to-face with objects that show the changes in toy design, children’s play, and social mores across 60 years

Children and adults love to be safely scared by werewolves, vampires, the Frankenstein Monster, and other misshapen creatures of the night.  This stunning array of toys, advertising designs and packaging will bring monsters, heroes and antiheroes from America’s Golden Era to life.  Designers and artists such as James Bama and Todd McFarlane and toys from Mattel, Hasbro, Aurora, Marx, MPC, and others are represented in the exhibition. Informative panels will walk viewers through the historical context and advances in materials, manufacturing and design.

The exhibition is curated by Stephen Rueff for SuperMonster市City!  The objects are drawn from David Barnhill’s privately-held original-owner collection of over 200,000 toys and toy-related posters, film and video collected from around the world, one of the largest private collections of toys and toy-related memorabilia in America. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, especially on Opening Night.

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Schelfhaudt Gallery
University of Bridgeport
Arnold Bernhard Center
84 Iranistan Avenue,
Bridgeport CT. 06604

The exhibition is open and the admission is free to the general public.

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Written by sasd