As an adult it’s easy to forget the darker corners of the childhood mind. In 1812, when the Brothers Grimm published their first collection of children’s fairy tales, parents found fault in the swelling of terror. Since then, thinkers including Einstein and Gaiman have pointed to the moral importance of fairy tales, of finding one’s nightmares defeated again and again by virtue. Because of the Grimms, we have grown up with “Little Snow White,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “The Fisherman and His Wife,” and dozens more. The exhibit “200 Years of Grimm Fairy Tales” comprises works from local German artists inspired by Grimm, including the lyrical paintings of Anne Siems and the powerful illustrations of Mario Wagner. Over the next month, you’re invited to recall your favorite story, and plunge into a world of dragons, witches, and enchanted forests through movies, interactive story-hours, and installations. A traveling multimedia exhibition arrives from Germany next week to offer magic lessons and hidden treasure to the kids, as well as the chance to contribute to an evolving yarn.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: April 26. Continues through May 25, 2012