America’s Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains: Our Culture at Play

America’s Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains: Our Culture at Play

The Duluth Depot and SuperMonster市City! are excited to announce a new exhibit on display at the Duluth Depot; America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains.  The exhibit features over 300 vintage original toys and artifacts from the vaults of Minnesota collector David Barnhill.

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.  Museum-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, Minnesota-based Lakeside Toys and others are represented in the exhibit. Informative panels will walk viewers through the historical context and advances in materials, manufacturing and design.

The exhibit 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.

America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains will be on display in the Duluth Depot’s Great Hall from March 2nd through April 8th with multiple  special events taking place throughout that time.

This exhibit was made possible by a gracious grant from The Depot Foundation.

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