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America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains: Our Culture at Play

October 17, 2022, 9:00 am TO 8:00 pm
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| St. Louis Public Library | Free

This featured exhibition in the Great Hall of the St. Louis Public Library – Central Library explores how iconic characters both reflect and influence American culture from the 1960s to the 1990s.


Monsters, superheroes and villains have always been part of America’s cultural fabric: They scare us, thrill us and help guide us through the most terrifying and exhilarating moments of our lives. More than simple “pop culture,” characters such as Dracula, Wonder Woman, Luke Skywalker and the Joker create a lens to examine complex subject matter in 20th-century American history, including the Cold War, rapidly accelerating possibilities of science and technology and America’s portrayal of women and people of color in our popular media.


Comprised of more than 350 exceptional objects, the exhibition includes vintage toys, posters, packaging, TV commercials and movie trailers. Visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy the nostalgic visual survey of American identity in the 20th century.

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