Francisco X. Mora
Capurecita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood), 2009
Acrylic
Racine Art Museum, The Ruth Miles Memorial Purchase Award from Watercolor Wisconsin 2010
Photography: Francisco X. Mora

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.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Gallery Guide (PDF)

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

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

May 25 – August 31, 2014
Francisco X. Mora
Capurecita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood), 2009
Acrylic
Racine Art Museum, The Ruth Miles Memorial Purchase Award from Watercolor Wisconsin 2010
Photography: Francisco X. Mora

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.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Gallery Guide (PDF)

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

Gallery of Work

Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

Judith and David Flegel Fund
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
David Charak
Silver Sponsors
Art Bridges
A.C. Buhler Family
Andis Foundation
Baird
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Annette Hirsh Family
J. Jeffers & Co.
Dorothy MacVicar
RDK Foundation

Jan Serr and John Shannon
Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous
Susan Boland
Virginia Buhler
Butcher & Barrel/Amos Los Tacos
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Tony and Andrea Hauser
David and Judy Hecker
Bradley Lynch
Carlotta Miller
Larry and Barbara Newman
The Norbell Foundation
The Prairie School
Georgiana Treivush
Twin Disc, Inc.
Deb and Will Walker

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