Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Contemporary Art

May 25 - August 31, 2014

Fairy tales can be magical, wondrous, humorous, and frightening. They can also be moralistic and educational, with roots in real life situations and circumstances. Contemporary artists who create fantastical stories and works based on fairy tales use the narrative framework to investigate personal, social, and cultural issues, such as gender roles, ethics, folk and familial traditions, history, politics, the environment, and the complexities of human nature.

Once Upon A Time features artists that use a variety of media and techniques to craft stories that emphasize the human condition through exaggerated, surreal, perplexing, imaginative, or dreamy scenarios that are rooted in the traditions of fairy tales, legends, and myths. These works reflect the imagination of the artists as well as a significant investment of time in making—exemplified here in most cases with laborious craft-based processes such as enameling, glassblowing, and papercutting.

Once Upon A Time is organized for the Racine Art Museum by RAM Curator of Exhibitions, Lena Vigna. 

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Gallery Guide
Press Room

 

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Jessica Calderwood, Emily Cobb, Patty Grazini, Erica-Lynn Huberty, Jerome Karidis, Elsa Mora, Francisco X. Mora, Rachel Rader, Ruth Ann Reese, Bill Reid, Red Weldon Sandlin, Heather Ujiie, and David Walters.
Ruth Ann Reese
Dowager of the Sea, 2011
Earthenware
24 x 24 x 25 inches
Photography: Patty Sheppard
Heather Ujiie
Adam & Eve,2013
Digital inkjet print on paper
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Hitoshi Ujiie
Rachel Rader
Her Majesty's Necklace, 2011
Glass, polymer, coral, Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, and wool
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Daniel Fox
Rachel Rader
Her Majesty's Necklace (detail), 2011
Glass, polymer, coral, Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, and wool
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Daniel Fox
Jessica Calderwood
Bloom, 2012
Enamel, copper, fiberglass resin, clay, milk paint, silk, and plastic
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Jessica Calderwood
 
Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Contemporary Art is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Sam and Gene Johnson Fund; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - 88NINE Radio Milwaukee, CNH Industrial, Corner House, Craft in America PBS Series, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, Miracle on Canal Street, The Norbell Foundation, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation, Carol C. Saunders