Finally, I get to blog about some fairy-tale art! Excellent! Ball State University (in Muncie, Indiana) is having a fairy tale art exhibit! It comes in two parts: Almost Alice: Illustrations of Wonderland, and Fantasy and Fairy Tales, which focuses on the dark undertones of original fairy tale prints.
This is what the museum has to say about Maggie Taylor’s work with “Alice in Wonderland:”
“What makes this exhibition interesting is the way the artist combines Lewis Carroll’s nineteenth century sensibilities—his fantasy as well as his political satire—and the photomedia of that era, such as daguerreotypes, with the digital manipulation capabilities of our own era,” said Director Peter Blume. “By doing so, Taylor’s singular presentation makes Carroll’s story, and therefore the exhibition, meaningful to a whole new audience.”
And of the “Fantasy and Fairy Tales” collection:
Don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t an exhibition about love stories and happy endings. Most fairy tales and folk tales were cleaned up for children, but originally contained stories of violence and vengeance. The prints selected for this exhibition show the dark undercurrents of original folk tales from the 18th century onward. All of the prints included in the exhibition are from the museum’s collection.
I wish I could go! If anyone manages to pop by, please send me a line about it. That Maggie Taylor’s work looks promising (which means I’d either love it or hate it). And I’d jump in a vat of Jell-o for five hours for a chance to see the Goya and Picasso prints in the “Fantasy and Fairy Tales” collection.
Both exhibits run through May 22nd.