New Exhibition At The Brandywine Reimagines Three Well-Known And Beloved Fairy Tales

November 8, 2019

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 works 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.
The Brandywine River Museum of Art is the exclusive venue for “Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined,” on view through Jan. 5, 2020. The artists featured are Mary Blair, L. Leslie Brooke, Marcia Brown, Kinuko Y. Craft, Walter Crane, Etienne Delessert, Tomie dePaola, Edmund DuLac, Jane Dyer, Paul Galdone, Steven Guarnaccia, John Hassall, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, James Marshall, Barbara McClintock, Beni Montresor, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham, Reynold Ruffins, Charles Santore, Lane Smith, Jessie Willcox Smith, Gennady Spirin, John Steptoe, Brinton Turkle, Walt Disney Studios, William Wegman, Leonard Weisgard, David Wiesner, Mo Willems, Ed Young, and Margot Zemach. Guest curator H. Nichols B. Clark is the founding director and chief curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In 2016, he curated “Get the Picture: Recent Children’s Book Illustration” for the Brandywine.
“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.
The Brandywine River Museum of Art is located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pa.
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