HOLY HISTORY BATMAN! Superheroes Take Over The New-York Historical Society

Superheroes in Gotham, On View October 9, 2015 – February 21, 2016

COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES ARE A PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES. They engage our imaginations on the pages of comic books, television and movie screens, as well as the Broadway stage and in the virtual world of gaming. Contemporary literature and art reference them; adults and children alike delight in donning superhero t-shirts, caps, and sneakers.

Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been powerful role models, inspirational and enviable. Based on mythological archetypes, they reflect, respond to, and offer ways to navigate the twists and turns of modern life. Comic books are a great American art form, a cultural phenomenon born in New York City that now extends around the globe.SuperheroesInGothamExhibitPage (1)

This fall, the New-York Historical Society will share the untold history of comic books in Superheroes in Gotham. Superheroes in Gotham will tell the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in New York City; the leap of comic book superheroes from the page into radio, television, and film; the role of fandom, including the yearly mega event known as New York Comic Con; and the ways in which comic book superheroes, created in the late 1930s through the 1960s, have inspired and influenced the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters in New York City. On view October 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, Superheroes in Gotham will focus on our culture’s most legendary superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man – as well as more recent characters inspired by the contemporary city. Beyond the characters, Superheroes in Gotham will consider the importance of New York as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology.

The exhibition is curated by the New-York Historical Society’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations. Support for Superheroes in Gotham is provided by The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank and The William T. Morris Foundation.

Among the range of material on display will be: a rare comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance (Action Comics No. 1, June 1938), clips from early radio and film adaptations, Philip Pearlstein’s Superman painting (1952), original drawings by Steve Ditko of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, 1962), a Batmobile made for the Batman television series (1966), a costume from Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), hip-hip pioneer Darryl McDaniels’ DMC comic book (2014), and his signature fedora.

Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “Superheroes in Gotham will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.

Image Credits (left to right): Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist), Action Comics (No. 1, June 1938). Published by Detective Comics, Inc., New York. Courtesy of Metropoliscomics.com; Andrew Herman (Federal Art Project), Bowery Restaurant, 1940. The Museum of the City of New York; H.G. Peter, Drawing of Wonder Woman in Costume, ca. 1941. Courtesy of Metropoliscomics.com

Image Credits (left to right): Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist), Action Comics (No. 1, June 1938). Published by Detective Comics, Inc., New York. Courtesy of Metropoliscomics.com; Andrew Herman (Federal Art Project), Bowery Restaurant, 1940. The Museum of the City of New York; H.G. Peter, Drawing of Wonder Woman in Costume, ca. 1941. Courtesy of Metropoliscomics.com


Upon entering the New-York Historical Society’s Central Park West entrance, visitors will be greeted by an original working
Batmobile (1966), one of three cars created for the 1966-68 Batman television series.


The first gallery will trace each character’s origins within the context of their creators and period events. A range of first-issue comic books will be displayed, including Superman’s
Action Comics No. 1 and Batman (No. 1, Spring 1940). During World War II, many superhero stories channeled American concerns about the conflict. In addition, several of their creators also enlisted. Wartime issues of Captain America (1942) and an original drawing (ca. 2000) by Joe Simon—who served in the U.S. Coast Guard— will present Captain America as the ultimate patriotic warrior. Superman was also enlisted, and lent his support in a range of U.S. Army and Navy training materials (ca. 1942-43). A drawing of Wonder Woman in an early version of her patriotic costume by H.G. Peter (ca. 1941) will be shown alongside a “Wonder Woman for President” issue (No. 7, Winter 1943).

Two of Steve Ditko’s original drawings of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, September 1962) will be displayed alongside a copy of the published issue. Considered Spider-Man’s “birth certificate”, these drawings will be on public view for the first time outside of the Library of Congress. Other Cold War-era artifacts include original cover art for The Invincible Iron Man (No. 1, 1968).

The second gallery will explore how superheroes flew from page to screen decades before they became blockbuster movie franchises. Scripts, audio recordings, animation cels, and cartoon clips will illuminate Superman’s multimedia adaptation less than two years after his comic book debut. One particular clip from the Superman cartoon (1941) will depict the character flying for the first time, rather than leaping as he did in print. After appearing in two film serials in the 1940s, Batman was reimagined in a popular television series (1966-68) and full length film (released in 1966). In addition to an original Batmobile (1966), the exhibition will feature three Batman set paintings by art director Leslie Thomas (ca. 1966-68) and a Catwoman costume (ca. 1966). Clips from the Wonder Woman television series (1975-79), as well as a copy of Ms. magazine’s first issue depicting her at the helm (1972), illuminate Wonder Woman’s development as a second-wave feminist icon.

The third and final gallery will examine the enduring influence of superheroes on a wide range of New York-based artists, cartoonists, contemporary comic book creators, and fans. Known today for his hyperreal nude portraits, the exhibition will feature Philip Pearlstein’s Superman (1952), a proto-pop art painting from his early career. Also featured will be cartoonist Mort Gerberg’s original illustration art for The New Yorker (“Do you have any references besides Batman?”, July 1997) alongside Batman drawings he doodled inside a childhood Hebrew School book (circa 1940). A costume from Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark(2011), the most-expensive production in Broadway history, will also be exhibited.

Superheroes in Gotham will also explore contemporary New York- based superhero comics. A copy of DMC (2014)—which follows the comic book alter-ego of musician Darryl McDaniels in 1980s New York—will be displayed alongside the hip-hop pioneer’s trademark fedora, glasses and Adidas sneakers (worn by the fictional superhero DMC as well) . Also on view will be art from Dean Haspiel’s independent web-based comic books, including the Brooklyn-based Red Hook and a comic book set, in part, during the 2003 blackout. The exhibition will conclude with ephemera from the United States’ first comic convention, which took place in New York in 1964, as well as photographs and posters from recent years.

Public and Family Programs
To celebrate the exhibition’s opening on October 9, the
New-York Historical Society will host a special superhero edition of The Big Quiz Thing trivia game show, as well as special family activities. On October 16, New-York Historical will screen both classic versions of The Mark of Zorro,” starring Tyrone Power (1940) and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1920, silent), as part of their “Justice in Film” series. On October 31, all ages will be invited to channel their own superpowers at a Family Halloween Party, featuring a supervillain trivia contest, fortune-telling, crafts, scavenger hunts, and trick-or-treating. Farther ahead, Jill Lepore— winner of the New-York Historical Society’s 2015 American History Book Prize—will explore The Secret History of Wonder Woman on January 14, 2016.


The
New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, the museum has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

Sony Electronics’ New Headphones Deliver Stylish High-Resolution Audio in Vibrant Colors

h.ear (pronounced “hear”) On Headphones Add Color To Your Life And Deliver Rich Elevated Sound

Sony Electronics announced new High-Resolution Audio (Hi-Res Audio) compatible headphones for the US market that come in five vibrant colors: Viridian Blue, Cinnabar Red, Charcoal Black, Lime Yellow and Bordeaux Pink. Sony ignites the fire in its audio line-up with these stylish “h.ear on(model MDR-100AAP) headphones in an exciting array of colors that deliver bold, distinct design together with superior sound quality and a comfortable fit. Available in November for about $199.99.

Sony makes it possible to enjoy higher sound quality music by applying unique audio technologies that bring listeners closer to the spirit and intent of the artist’s original performance. The new h.ear on headphones join a growing line of Hi-Res Audio products designed to equip consumers with the best portable products to enjoy a fully immersive, Hi-Res Audio experience.Sony ear on KeyVisual

The h.ear on headband-style headphones deliver Hi-Res Audio compatibility with 40mm HD drivers which reproduce sounds up to 60 kHz. Augmented bass is complemented by lightweight CCAW voice coils which yield high-linearity responses in high-pitched sounds. Aiming to provide a superior sound experience, the domes of the acoustic diaphragms have been titanium-coated to minimize unwanted vibrations. Meanwhile, Beat Response Control improves the transient characteristic in bass reproduction and delivers accurate rhythm, while an acoustic port on the housing controls air flow for optimal diaphragm movement and additional bass range. A ground separated cable reduces cross talk and is balanced compatible for balance output supported equipment.

Sony hear on driver unit

Sony hear on driver unit

Draped ear pads provide a comfortable fit and prevent sound from leaking, which also helps the h.ear on headphones deliver powerful base reproduction. The color-coordinated cable is detachable and an in-line multifunction button and microphone allows hands-free phone calls with smartphones that support that functionality. The headphones also fold easily for secure storage in the supplied carrying pouch.Nadal Ad Campaign-1

Radisson Blu® Launches A Global Contest To Personalize The Signature Egg Chair By Arne Jacobsen

Radisson Blu® has announced a global design contest inviting participants to customize the iconic egg chair, originally created by the legendary Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. The hotel, now the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, is recognized as the world’s first designer hotel. The Egg(TM) chair was originally designed for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. Now, 55 years later, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen celebrates the icon and pushes the boundaries of design.

Radisson Blu(R) announced a global design contest inviting participants to customize the iconic Egg(TM) chair, originally created by the legendary Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. (PRNewsFoto/Radisson Blu)

Radisson Blu(R) announced a global design contest inviting participants to customize the iconic Egg(TM) chair, originally created by the legendary Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. (PRNewsFoto/Radisson Blu)

Radisson Blu® is one of the world’s leading hotel brands with more than 280 hotels in operation in 62 countries. Radisson Blu‘s vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can! service philosophy, and all of its first class hotels offer a range of signature features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Radisson Blu offers a vivid visual celebration of leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail and its hotel properties are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world.

Radisson Blu guests and design enthusiasts will have the opportunity to design their very own egg chair using an online chair configurator at design.radissonblu.com. The contest runs from now through Oct. 13, 2015. Each week, three finalists will be selected, with two selected by the public and one selected by a member of the expert jury. The winning design will be chosen from the 15 finalists by the expert jury.


An expert jury will select the contest’s grand prize winner, who will receive a customized version of their winning egg chair design and a three-night VIP trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. The winning design may become part of the brand’s new interior design scheme that will launch later this year. In addition, a miniature traveling exhibition of the top 15 finalists will be displayed at selected Radisson Blu hotels around the world throughout 2016.


While many new, award-winning Radisson Blu hotels have been built since 1960, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen remains a unique example of contemporary design within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as well as the hotel industry,” said Rose Anderson, Vice President Branding. “Radisson Blu continues to push forward its strong heritage and affiliation with design by working with the world’s top architects and designers to create spectacular and iconic landmark hotels.”

With more than 280 Radisson Blu hotels and resorts in operation in 62 countries. Acclaimed hotels currently in the Americas include: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago; Radisson Blu Mall of America; Radisson Blu Philadelphia, Warwick and Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. For more information and contest rules please visit design.radissonblu.com

Allrecipes Launches New Digital Platform And Transforms Into The First Food-Focused Social Network

Offers A Personalized User Experience That Engages And Inspires Home Cooks

Allrecipes today unveiled the new Allrecipes: a more personal, shareable and responsive web experience that transforms the site into the world’s most food-focused social network.

Allrecipes.com, the world’s largest food-focused social network, receives more than 1.3 billion visits annually from home cooks who connect and inspire one another through recipes, photos, reviews, personal collections, videos and profiles. Since its launch in 1997, the Seattle-based social site has served as a dynamic, indispensable resource for cooks of all skill levels seeking trusted recipes, entertaining ideas, every day and holiday meal solutions and practical cooking tips. Allrecipes is a global, multi-platform brand with 19 sites and 3 mobile app serving 24 countries in 13 languages.

With the new Allrecipes, the brand is responding to huge shifts in how, when and where its community of more than 40 million unique visitors per month are engaging online. Visits from mobile devices now account for two-thirds of Allrecipes annual visits. Additionally, the sharing of food experiences through social platforms and photos continues to increase, and home cooks are viewing more than 100 million Allrecipes videos annually.

The new design provides the best possible experience for home cooks across devices. The single-site, responsive, touch-based experience now extends seamlessly across mobile, tablet and desktop devices to allow cooks to quickly and easily connect with Allrecipes whenever and wherever they want.


Social connections have always been at the center of the Allrecipes brand,” said Stan Pavlovsky, Allrecipes President. “The new Allrecipes experience brings home cooks and the more than 300 million experiences they’ve shared to the forefront, and makes it easier for our community to share and connect from any device.”

Additional new features and tools include:
The Cooking Graph, which delivers a more personalized experience that anticipates a cook’s interests and needs, and enables cooks to connect more with the home cooks and brands they trust most.

‘I Made It’ allows cooks to share their creations with their followers and celebrate the foods they love.
Expanded Profiles provide all of the information home cooks need to connect with each other, as well as the brands they care about, based on food preferences and dietary needs.
Personal Collections offer an easy way for cooks to curate the food experiences that inspire them for all of their special occasion and every day needs. Personal Collections can also be viewed and followed by other home cooks.

Allrecipes understands how home cooks want to connect with brands all along their cooking journey – from meal ideas to shopping deals,” said Mark Materacky, Soup & Broth Marketing Director, Campbell Soup Company. “As one of the first brands to partner with Allrecipes on this updated design, Swanson is excited to see Allrecipes bring new cooking tools to the forefront for their passionate online community. Swanson cooks are turning to digital media sources for culinary inspiration and information more than ever and Allrecipes will provide an even more engaging resource for planning everyday meals or special holiday events.

Now with the reinvented Allrecipes, we are re-imagining the way home cooks connect through technology by providing an experience focused on the discovery and sharing of authentic, highly actionable food-focused conversations and resources to guide cooks to success,” said Pavlovsky. “In contrast to many social networks, which spark inspiration but lack actionable information and create fragmented conversations, the new Allrecipes is the only destination where the voices and contributions of home cooks are highly valued and validated.

Please visit our website at http://www.allrecipes.com for additional information.