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Alan Perez and Dre’An Cox in “Everyday Heroes” at Arts of Life

July 21, 2022, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

A painting of two male figures on profile, Donald Trump on the right facing a superhero in blue on the left. Painted text reads "United he'll fall / Captain America vs. Trump"

How would you describe a superhero?  Are they invincible?  Can they summon the elements of nature using only their mind?  Can they shapeshift?  Do they commune with the animals?  Can they fly?  From the time of the ancients we have given representation to the unexplainable by attributing divine and magical qualities to exceptional humans.  While our most available present day connections to those mythological entities may be big budget films, comic books, and graphic novels in which these beings help the downtrodden and save people. 

There is another side.  Superheroes are Real.  They live among us…sometimes they are Us.  They do what is right at any cost, and they do what we are scared to do even in the face of insurmountable odds.  Sometimes circumstances create a superhero.  Mostly, we need superheroes because they excite us with the blueprint for our own liberation. They are symbols of the fact that we can overcome ourselves and our fears.  We can fight evil.  We can rail against those power structures that stand in the way of a more just and equitable world.  Everyday Heroes presents the various ways that these guardians become symbols embodying the personal mythologies of those who love them.  

Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 21, 2022
5:00-7:00 pm.

Virtual Curatorial Committee Panel Discussion: (RSVP to circlecontemporary@artsoflife.org)
Friday, September 16, 2022
1:00-2:00 pm.

*Gallery open by appointment only- circlecontemporary@artsoflife.org

***Special Thanks to ArtworkingCenter for Creative WorksCreative GrowthCorbett vs. DempseyNIADProgressive Art Studio CollectiveProject Onward, and Queer Thoughts for helping to make this show possible.***

*IMPORTANT COVID PROTOCOL If you have recently tested positive for or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home. Masks are required for all attendees with proof of vaccination for anyone over the age of 12.


July 21, 2022
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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