BEER AND BATMAN JUNE 1ST
Share a brew from Suffolk’s own Brick & Mortar Brewing Company and enjoy hors d’oeuvres from The Plaid Turnip, while mingling in anticipation of Chris Irving’s talk “A Succession of Masks: Batman and the Sexual Revolution”.
Suffolk Art League is hosting Virginia Museum of Fine Arts speaker Christopher Irving on Friday, June 1 at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave. Start the evening at 6:00 with a cold brew and conversation. Chris will begin his illustrated talk at 7:30, followed by time to continue the conversation. The event is free with a cash bar.
In 1954, Batman and Robin were “outed” by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham as closet homosexuals, an accusation that caused the comic’s creators to skirt sexuality in the Batman comics. This presentation parallels Batman and Robin’s plight against the backdrop of gay rights (The Lavender Scare) and women’s lib, from the late 1930’s through the 1970’s. Subjects covered include the communist witch hunt, the Batman TV show, pop art and camp, the sexually chaotic Batwoman of the Eisenhower era and the liberated Batgirl of the 1960’s.
Christopher Irving is a Richmond-based comic book and popular culture historian. He received a BFA in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Literary Criticism from Brooklyn College. He currently serves as Consulting Editor of Comic Book Creator magazine.
“A Succession of Masks: Batman and the Sexual Revolution” is free and open to the public. Suggested for a mature audience. Groups of 5 or more are asked to make reservations.