[Interview] Elmhurst Art Museum’s John McKinnon & the Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross Exhibit

PopCultHQ had the honor to cover the Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum. The exhibit is on display now until August 20th, 2023. It is a celebration of Alex Ross‘ career as a comic book artist with a specific focus on his work for Marvel Comics. While checking out the artwork, I had the opportunity to interview Museum Executive Director John McKinnon.

About the Elmhurst Art Museum

The Elmhurst Art Museum is located at 150 Cottage Hill Avenue in Elmhurst (IL), 25 minutes from downtown Chicago by car or public transportation (Metra). The Museum is both an international destination for Mies van der Rohe scholars and fans and a regional center where people from Chicago and the western suburbs learn to see and think differently through the study of the art, architecture and design of our time.

About John McKinnon

John has served as the Executive Director of the Elmhurst Art Museum since 2017. His previous experience includes serving as Program Director, Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. McKinnon has independently curated exhibitions at a variety of non-profit spaces including works by Bruce Conner, Robert Heinecken, Paul McCarthy, Jim Nutt, Otto Piene, Pope.L, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Peter Saul, and others. He has written for Artforum, Art Papers, X-TRA, and Flash Art. McKinnon earned dual MA degrees in Arts Administration and Policy and Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Images from the Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross Exhibit

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Listen to the PodCultHQ interview below!

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The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am – 5pm (7pm on Fridays). Admission is $9 ($8 for seniors) and free for students and children under the age of 18.

For more information, please call 630.834.0202 or visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.

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