Altered Realities and the Land of Make-Believe in the Berkshires

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Altered Realities and the Land of Make-Believe”  Summer Lecture and Performance Series

In conjunction with its new exhibition, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic,” Norman Rockwell Museum presents, “Altered Realities and the Land of Make Believe,” a lecture and performance series to be held Thursday evenings in July and August, from 5:30 to 7pm. Explore the impact of popular mythology and fairy tales on the way we view ourselves and our world, with literary scholars and folklorists, authors, artists and performers. The events are free with Museum admission unless otherwise stated.

Fairy tales are the focus of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s special exhibit this summer. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creations of a Classic,” features over 200 pieces, including conceptual drawings, character studies, storyboards, and animation drawings from the classic 1937 Walt Disney film. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, the film uses early animation techniques and the work of over 1000 artists and production staff in order to bring the story to life. The Museum’s exhibit offers families a chance to learn about the process of creating an animated film in the days before computer animation. The exhibit features pieces from every step of the process, allowing visitors to see the changes and improvements made along the way.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Norman Rockwell Museum is also offering a summer event series. Titled, “Altered Realities and the Land of Make-Believe,” the lecture and performance series features everything from acapella to a discussion on youth and media. The wide variety of events is designed to explore the impact of popular fairy tales on the way in which we view the world within our modern culture. Featuring literary scholars, folklorists, authors, artists, and performers, the series offers events for adults and children alike.

Families can pair a visit to the exhibit with a screening of the 1916 silent film version of Snow White based on the 1912 Broadway play,  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was adapted from the Grimm brothers 1812 fairy tale…

Here’s a snippet of the silent film:


Disney Inspirations: The Silent Snow White
Thursday, July 18, 5:30 p.m.
Experience the original “Snow White” movie, the 1916 silent film created by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation that inspired Walt Disney’s interest in the story when he was just 15 years old. Free with Museum admission.

Four Freedoms Forum: Youth, Identity and Media
Thursday, July 25, 5:30 p.m.
Share your thoughts on how contemporary media is shaping the way young people view themselves and navigate their social and cultural milieu. Free.

When You Wish… An A Cappella Evening with Quintessential
Thursday, August 1, 5:30 p.m.
Quintessential, an all-male a cappella group performs songs from Disney movies and more. Free with Museum admission.

Snow White: A Tale of Dark and Grimm with Adam Gidwitz
Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a mischievous and unique retelling of the classic Snow White tale by Adam Gidwitz, a New York Times bestselling author who took the literary world by storm with “In a Glass Grimly” and “A Tale of Dark and Grimm.” A book signing will follow the program. Free with Museum admission.

Maya and Beyond: An Evening with Jarvis Rockwell
Thursday, August 15, 5:30 p.m.
The son of famed illustrator, Norman Rockwell, Jarvis Rockwell discusses his own 60-year artistic career in diverse and imaginative works, and offers a personal tour of his exhibition on view. Free with Museum admission.

The Horror and the Beauty: Folklore, Culture and Children’s Literature with Maria Tartar
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 p.m.
Explore how classic fairytales have survived by adapting across cultures and history, as their plots are endlessly reworked in the narratives of our current culture. With Maria Tatar, the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature at Harvard University, and Program Chair of Folklore and Mythology. Free with Museum admission.

All events in the Museum’s summer series will take place on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7pm. Admission to the events is free with museum admission. The Norman Rockwell Museum is located at 9 Route 183 in Stockbridge, MA.  For more info on this exhibit visit or call 413-298-4100.

[Image credit: “Witch in Rowboat,” Samuel Armstrong concept art; watercolor on paper. Courtesy Walt Disney Family Foundation; ©Disney.]

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