For centuries, fairy tales have enchanted children and adults alike. These age-old stories, endlessly told and reconfigured over time and place, spark our imaginations, teach life lessons and touch on dark fears and basic truths. Organized by the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined will explore the enduring stories of Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, presenting a wide array of illustrations created through time and across cultures.
Guest curated by H. Nichols B. Clark, Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined includes more than 100 drawings from books illustrated by 35 artists, revealing both cultural and stylistic diversity. The work of 19th- and early 20th-century masters such as Walter Crane and L. Leslie Brooke provide examples of classic styles and Western interpretations of the three featured fairy tales, which influenced numerous artists in the exhibition including Marcia Brown, Paul Galdone, Barbara McClintock and Jerry Pinkney. Rich multicultural visualizations, such as those from China (Ed Young), the Spice Islands of Indonesia (Reynold Ruffins), the Caribbean (Brian Pinkney) and Mexico (Tomie dePaola), underscore the notion that these treasured stories live visually in many different forms and lend themselves to surprisingly diverse interpretation. Juxtaposed alongside more traditional retellings, contemporary versions with drawings that upend familiar narratives include the experimental and edgy visions imagined by Etienne Delessert, Steven Guarnaccia, Lane Smith, William Wegman, David Wiesner and Mo Willems.
Special exhibition-themed programs and events include:
Children’s Read-Aloud Tours (Thursdays, October 3-November 14, 10:30 a.m.)
First Sunday for Families: Fairy Tale Fun (Sunday, October 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Discussion and Book Signing with Jerry Pinkney (Sunday, October 6, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.)
Reimagined Fairy Tales: A Conversation with H. Nichols B. Clark and Steven Guarnaccia (Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m.)
Stroller Tours: Cinderella and Co. (Tuesday, November 12, 10:30 a.m.)
Creative Escape: Paper Quilled Snowflakes (Wednesday, November 13, 6-8 p.m.)
Illustrating for a Changing World (Wednesday, November 20, 6-8 p.m.)
Listen, Move and Create with Barbara McClintock (Saturday, November 23, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined is made possible by the generosity of Otto’s BMW & Mini. Additional support for the exhibition has been provided by donors to the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Exhibition Fund, including the Davenport Family Foundation, William C. and Laura Buck, Mr. and Mrs. Anson McC. Beard Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Matz, Dr. and Mrs. John Fawcett, and Mr. Alan P. Slack.
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