Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action explores the innovative and engaging work of Mark Newport, current Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Fibers at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Superheroes and comic book characters both classic—Batman, Captain America, the Rawhide Kid, Hawkeye—and devised from Newport’s imagination—Argyleman, Sweaterman, Every Any No Man, Flamer—provide the subject matter for oversized knitted costumes and two-dimensional embroidered samplers. In these works, Newport questions the iconic nature and heroic ability of the superhero through the use of typically feminine-gendered art forms, consequently posing larger questions about pop culture, masculinity, domesticity and craft. Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action presents these signature textile pieces together with related photography and video. These works not only expand the narrative created by Newport’s knitted suits, but also reinforce that Newport, one of four artists to be represented in the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery’s prestigious 2009 biennial craft invitational exhibition, is one of the most significant artists crafting the landscape of contemporary fiber art. This catalog features contributions from Dr. Sue Taylor of the Departments of Art and Art History at Portland State University and Emily Zilber, and a newly commissioned graphic narrative inspired by Newport’s knitted characters by comic book artist Jon Haddock.