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Mirror Mirrored

Art Meets the Monsters

"Hans the Hedgehog" by Stephanie Williams

MIRROR MIRRORED: Art Meets the Monsters
@Washington Project for the Arts

OPENING: Friday, MARCH 4, 2016, 7-9pm
Curator's Talk: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2:30-3:30pm

2124 8th Street, NW, WDC
3/4/16 – 4/15/16

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to present Mirror Mirrored: Art Meets the Monsters, curated by Michelle Aldredge and Corwin Levi. This mixed-media exhibit reimages select Grimms' Fairy Tales through the eyes of contemporary visual artists.

The tales the Brothers Grimm released into the world two centuries ago (as Children's and Household Tales in 1812) are woven into the fabric of our lives. They have informed our campfire stories, Disney's iconic films, and our reflections on human nature. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung believed that fairy tales held the key to understanding human archetypes and the collective unconscious. Today, these stories-and new readings of them-are more important than ever. Pairing fairy tales with new artwork is not only a way of reemphasizing the stories' relevance to diverse contemporary audiences, but also a way of challenging the canned notions of beauty, good and evil, and identity that many have popularly ascribed to them. Also, as it turns out, those notions are not quite so canned as we have come to believe over the last hundred years... 

For Mirror Mirrored: Art Meets the Monsters, artists from across the country have created pieces for a new Brothers Grimm compendium, forthcoming later this year. This exhibition marks the first time a selection of those pieces will be shown together. Participating artists include: Anne Connell, Brittany DeNigris, Anna Schuleit Haber, Joseph Keckler, Margaret Lanzetta, Corwin Levi, Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, David Packer, Rachel Perry, Agustin Lucho Pozo, Pam Rogers, DJ Spooky, Debra Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Stephanie Williams. 

There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, March 4, 2016, 7-9pm. More information is available here.

This project and Washington Project For the Arts Inc. are supported by the City Fund, which works to make the District of Columbia a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. The City Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Published: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2018

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