Timothy Horn

Timothy Horn, Mother-Load, 2008, plywood, painted steel, aluminum foil, polystyrene foam, hot glue, acrylic medium, rock sugarand shellac, 6 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 ft., Courtesy of the artist © Timothy Horn, photo by Jason Schmidt  

Natalie Frank

Natalie Frank, All Fur III, 2011–14, gouache and colored chalk on paper; 30 x 22 in. each, Private collection © Natalie Frank, photo by Farzad Orwang 

Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons, If We Believe In Theory #1, 2009, chromogenic color print; 40 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami © Xaviera Simmons 

Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith, Daughter, 1999, Ektacolor print mounted to board, 22 ¾ x 34 in., Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery, New York © Kiki Smith  

Ana Teresa Fernández

Ana Teresa Fernández, The Ice Queen, 2013, studio performance (still), Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco © Ana Teresa Fernández 

Anna Gaskell

Anna Gaskell, Untitled, #35 (hide), 1998, chromogenic print, 36 7/8 x 49 in., The Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Paul and Anastasia Polydoran Collection © Anna Gaskell, photo by Rich Sanders 

Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World

June 29, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

DELIGHTful PArty: Dread & Delight
Saturday, June 29 • 11 am – 2 pm • Free Members Preview

Explore the marvelous world of fairy tales dismantled and reassembled in Dread & Delight at a special free members’ preview from 11 am to 2 pm. Take a guided tour of the work of 21 artists who use fairy tales to explore contemporary themes, or discover the exhibition’s stories for yourself. Enjoy complimentary treats in the museum café with friends and family as you kick off the weekend with an unforgettable art adventure.

Complimentary admission for members, $10/nonmembers
Registration is required.

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Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World brings together the work of contemporary artists who use classical fairy tales to address the complexities of our lives today. While some embrace the stories’ promises of transformation and happy endings, others plumb the stories’ more troubling elements—poverty, addiction, and exploitations of power.

No matter their approach, each of the artists dismantles and reassembles the tales in imaginative ways. In a 1980s arcade-like video by Ericka Beckman, the story of Cinderella becomes a means to talk about women’s proscribed social roles; in Timothy Horn’s nearly life-size carriage made of crystallized candy, it becomes an opportunity to address queer identity and notions of the so called rags-to-riches American dream. In Alison Saar’s tar and gold-leaf covered sculpture Blonde Dreams, the story of Rapunzel becomes an avenue for reconsidering racial constructions of beauty; in MK Guth’s 1800-foot-long braid Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping, it becomes the site for a conversation about values and desires.

Many of the fairy tales featured in Dread & Delight will be readily familiar. Others are lesser known and provide an opportunity to explore the rich breadth of the fairy tale tradition. Throughout the exhibition, one finds that the artists have engaged with fairy tales across time—from early Italian, French, and German anthologies; to Walt Disney’s 20th-century animations; to postmodern retellings by authors such Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. Collectively they remind us that fairy tales have never been merely children’s tales. Rather, these age-old stories of wonder are powerful tools for making sense of life’s stark—and often dark—realities.

Dread & Delight is accompanied by a scholarly publication charting five decades of fairy tales in the visual arts and featuring a new work of fairy tale fiction by Pulitzer Prize finalist Kelly Link.

Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World was organized by Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro and curated by Dr. Emily Stamey. Its presentation in Akron is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund, the John P. Murphy Foundation and Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC. Media sponsorship provided by Western Reserve PBS.

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Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

August 15, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Take a page right out of the Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World exhibition during this storytelling workshop designed for anyone with a desire to tell a tale.

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

August 15, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tell a Tale of Dread & Delight: A Storytelling Workshop

Let your imagination take flight in an artfully concocted tale of dread and delight. Take a page right out of the Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World exhibition during this storytelling workshop designed for anyone with a desire to tell a tale. Guided by Teaching Artist, Kyle Jozsa, of Wandering Aesthetics, participants explore once familiar fairytales with a “reassembled” approach to creating their own unique story.

Recommended for ages 17+

Free for members, $10/nonmember adult. *Registration required. (Coming Soon)

Photo by John Aylward

Delightful Party: Dread & Delight

June 29, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Explore the marvelous world of fairy tales dismantled and reassembled in Dread & Delight at a special free members’ preview from 11 am to 2 pm. 

Delightful Party: Dread & Delight

June 29, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free Members' Preview

Explore the marvelous world of fairy tales dismantled and reassembled in Dread & Delight at a special free members’ preview from 11 am to 2 pm. Take a guided tour of the work of 21 artists who use fairy tales to explore contemporary themes, or discover the exhibition’s stories for yourself. Enjoy complimentary treats in the museum café with friends and family as you kick off the weekend with an unforgettable art adventure.

Complimentary admission for members, $10/nonmembers
Registration is required. 

Exploring Dread & Delight

July 9, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Once upon a time, in a gallery not-so-far away, a curator led a tour of an exhibition bringing together the work of artists using classical fairy tales to address the complexities of contemporary life.

Exploring Dread & Delight

July 9, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Exploring Dread & Delight

Led by Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister

Once upon a time, in a gallery not-so-far away, a curator led a tour of an exhibition bringing together the work of artists using classical fairy tales to address the complexities of contemporary life. She explained how some artists embraced the tales’ promises of transformation and happy endings while others plumbed the stories’ more troubling elements—poverty, addiction and the exploitations of power.

Free for members, $10/nonmembers

image: Xaviera Simmons, If We Believe In Theory #1 (detail), 2009, chromogenic color print; 40 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami © Xaviera Simmons