African American Superheroes Spotlighted At Kennedy Museum

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The Kennedy Museum of Art will present a lecture by Dr. Michael Gillespie entitled "Black Comic Book Superheroes" on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

Gillespie, an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, School of Film and Department of African American Studies at Ohio University, will focus on "graphic blackness," a term for the composition and circulation of the idea of race in the popular art form of comics and graphic novels.

The cultural and political significance of Marvel Comics' Black Panther will be explored, and how the black superhero has been complicated and disputed in contemporary art, comics, and graphic novels.

Dr. Gillespie's talk will be held on the second floor in the Christine Demler Brown Center for Art. The museum is also currently featuring the exhibition FANTASTIC! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett, on display through June 2.

The lecture and exhibitions are free and open to the public. Visit for more information.