Batman is many things to many people: hero, gay icon, debonair billionaire, foiler of world-domination plans. He's also an historical figure suitable for course credit and maybe the guy who prevented you from being slowly lowered into that vat of hot oil. To artists, however, hes often a blank slate, ready to be re-invented into the caped crusader of their choosing. At the exhibit Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow, we get to see the work of six of the most famous side by side. Theres Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the original 1939 artists; Neal Adams, who redefined the character in the 1970s; the legendary Frank Miller; Pepe Moreno, responsible for the first computer-generated Batman graphic novel; and Paul Pope, who puts Batman in 2039. The exhibit also features a selection of Batman manga, a 60s style that didnt get noticed in the U.S. until 2008, thanks to a book by Chip Kidd.
Jan. 30-June 6, 2010