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Professor to discuss black comic book superheroes on Thursday

Kennedy Museum of Art is hosting a lecture by Michael Gillespie, assistant professor of film, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, School of Film, Department of African American Studies at Ohio University titled "Black Comic Book Superheroes" 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

Kennedy Museum of Art is currently featuring the exhibition "FANTASTIC! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett," however, the talk will focus on "graphic blackness," a term for the composition and circulation of the idea of race ('black') in the popular art form of comics and graphic novels.

With an opening address of the cultural and political significance of Black Panther and the black superhero, the talk will then shift to how the idea of the black superhero has been complicated and
disputed in contemporary art, comics, and graphic novels. The talk will be held at the Museum on the second floor in the Christine Demler Brown Center for Art.

Kennedy Museum of Art is free and open to the public. Call 740-593-1304 or visit www.ohio.edu/museum for more information.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Kennedy Museum of Art with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.