Censorship and Super Bodies: theCensorship and Super Bodies: theCreative Odyssey of Margaret HarrisonCreative Odyssey of M...
Margaret Harrison (born Wakefield YorkshireEarly InfluencesEarly InfluencesMargaret Harrison (born Wakefield, Yorkshire,En...
Civil Rights & VietnamCivil Rights & Vietnam ComicsComicsHarrison founded the London WomensLiberation Art Group in 1970.19...
Harrison’s first solo exhibition:Harrison’s first solo exhibition:Motif Gallery, London.Motif Gallery, London.19711971Marg...
Captain America (1), 1971Captain America (1), 1971T f tiTransformation“In theory, the costume – as differentfrom the dull ...
Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.Cover. Captain AmericaComics #1 (March 1941).Stan Lee & Gene ColanStan Lee & Gene Colan.Captain Amer...
Captain America (2), 1997Captain America (2), 1997Rob Liefeld. Cover.Captain America, Vol2 #1 “Heroes2 . #1, HeroesReborn”...
Whats That Long RedWhats That Long RedggLimp Wrinkly Thing YoureLimp Wrinkly Thing YourePulling OnPulling On, 2009., 2009....
RonRon GarneyGarney. Captain America. Captain America,,“Heroes Return,” 1998, Cover“Heroes Return,” 1998, Coverand interio...
A Superpower longs forA Superpower longs forp p gp p gthe Past?the Past?American wars financed by loans fromAmerican wars ...
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Presentation based on my article published in the International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2011. Art historical analysis of the work and career of the feminist pioneer Margaret Harrison, focusing on her Captain America paintings, her show “The Bodies Are Back” at Intersection for the Arts (2010) and her controversial Motifs Gallery show, which was closed in London for indecency after one day (1971). Includes interviews with Harrison & Kevin Chen. Presented PCA/ACA National Convention 2011 (San Antonio).

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Censorship & Superbodies: The Creative Odyssey of Margaret Harrison

  1. 1. Censorship and Super Bodies: theCensorship and Super Bodies: theCreative Odyssey of Margaret HarrisonCreative Odyssey of Margaret HarrisonCreative Odyssey of Margaret HarrisonCreative Odyssey of Margaret HarrisonKim MunsonKim MunsonKim MunsonKim MunsonPCA/ACA 2011PCA/ACA 2011
  2. 2. Margaret Harrison (born Wakefield YorkshireEarly InfluencesEarly InfluencesMargaret Harrison (born Wakefield, Yorkshire,England, 1940), shown here in 1971.Buck Rogers 25th Century A.D.Big Little Book, 1933; Author:Phil Nolan. Artist: Lt. DickCalkins.Joshua Reynolds PRA, Self-portrait, c. 1780. Oil on panel. ©Royal Academy of Arts, London.Joe Simon, Jack Kirby. CaptainAmerica Comics #1 (March 1941)
  3. 3. Civil Rights & VietnamCivil Rights & Vietnam ComicsComicsHarrison founded the London WomensLiberation Art Group in 1970.1970 Miss World “Meat Market”Alb H ll L dR. Crumb. Cover drawing, Home Eric Stanton (1926-1999)protest, Albert Hall, LondonR. Crumb. Cover drawing, HomeGrown Funnies #2, 1972Eric Stanton (1926 1999)Cover of Stantoons #1British Pop ArtBritish Pop ArtAllen Jones (1937- ) Table,1969 . mixed mediaCollection Stedelijk MuseumRichard Hamilton (1922- ).Just What Is It that MakesTodays Homes So Different,So Appealing?, 1956. collage.Kunsthalle Tübingen.
  4. 4. Harrison’s first solo exhibition:Harrison’s first solo exhibition:Motif Gallery, London.Motif Gallery, London.19711971Margaret Harrison. Hes Only A Bunny Boy ButHes Quite Nice Really, 1971-2010Margaret Harrison. Women of the world unite you have nothing tolose but cheesecake, 1969-2010Margaret Harrison Take One Lemon, 1971
  5. 5. Captain America (1), 1971Captain America (1), 1971T f tiTransformation“In theory, the costume – as differentfrom the dull garb of our formergexistence as we have become fromthose abandoned selves – forms akind of magic screen onto which therepressed narrative many berepressed narrative many beprojected.No matter how well he or she hidesits traces, the secret narrative oftransformation, of rebirth fromthe confines of the ordinary,is given up by the costume ”is given up by the costume.Michael ChabonMargaret Harrison. Captain America,1971-1997
  6. 6. Joe Simon, Jack Kirby.Cover. Captain AmericaComics #1 (March 1941).Stan Lee & Gene ColanStan Lee & Gene Colan.Captain America #125(May, 1970) cover andinterior panels“Captured… in Vietnam.”Traditional 1940’s Cap or 1971 VietnamEra continuity?Marvel avoids placing Cap in Vietnam.
  7. 7. Captain America (2), 1997Captain America (2), 1997Rob Liefeld. Cover.Captain America, Vol2 #1 “Heroes2 . #1, HeroesReborn” November1996.More mature and stable Capfl t Cli t A i dreflects Clinton era America, andthe stylized graphic style ofImage Comics artist RobLiefeld.Margaret Harrison. Captain America 2, 1997.Courtesy Intersection for the Arts.
  8. 8. Whats That Long RedWhats That Long RedggLimp Wrinkly Thing YoureLimp Wrinkly Thing YourePulling OnPulling On, 2009., 2009.A Superpower longs forA Superpower longs forthe Past?Margaret Harrison. Whats That Long Red LimpWrinkly Thing Youre Pulling On, 2009. CourtesyIntersection for the Arts.
  9. 9. RonRon GarneyGarney. Captain America. Captain America,,“Heroes Return,” 1998, Cover“Heroes Return,” 1998, Coverand interior splash.and interior splash.Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Woman andBicycle, 1952–53. Oil on canvas, 76 1/2 × 49 in.Whitney Museum of American Art, New York;© 2009 Th Will d K i F d ti /© 2009 The Willem de Kooning Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  10. 10. A Superpower longs forA Superpower longs forp p gp p gthe Past?the Past?American wars financed by loans fromAmerican wars financed by loans fromAsian countries.Rise of Asian business as US declines.A i f l hit l d iAsian female, white male dynamicSuperman-type red cape, sometimesseen as a symbol of colonialism &US domination, tattered and used as,leash.Cap looks longingly at a landmark 1950’sera painting. US art, industry & cultureseemed unstoppable Character fromseemed unstoppable. Character from“greatest generation” looking back,humiliated by present.Margaret Harrison. Whats That Long Red LimpWrinkly Thing Youre Pulling On, 2009. CourtesyIntersection for the Arts.

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