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Changing leaves, fall harvests, new friends, mid-semester exams. And at UNC Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum: “wolves that pose as grandmothers, pumpkins that turn into carriages, and apples that produce death-like slumber – fairy tales are filled with incredible transformations.”
Through Dec. 9, the museum hosts “Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World,” an exhibition curated by Dr. Emily Stamey that explores seven 19th-century fairy tales through contemporary American art works in a variety of mediums.
“The artists in the show haven’t just retold classic fairy tales in updated contexts,” said Stamey. “Many of them have really pulled the stories apart and reimagined them in transformative ways.”
“Ties of Protection and Safekeeping” is made up of a 1,800-foot braid woven through with red flannel ribbon. For this Rapunzel-themed sculpture, the artist MK Guth asked participants to write on the red flannel their answers to her question: What is worth protecting?
Curator Emily Stamey stands with “Mother-Load,” by Timothy Horn – a life-size Cinderella carriage covered in crystalized sugar. It’s a piece that reflects on the precariousness of unexpected fortune, the search for love and acceptance and the real-life story of Alma Spreckels, who married into a sugar fortune.
“Mirror, Mirror,” a 1987 print by upcoming University Concert and Lecture Series speaker Carrie Mae Weems, explores beauty, racial bias and privilege through a Snow White scenario. Xaviera Simmons’ “If We Believe in Theory” series displays Little Red Riding Hood terrain, with several children donning the cape and pointing to where the wolf is. Other works explore tragedy, youth, sexual politics, passage of time, hunger and transformation …