Sometimes, the fierce loyalty the Potterheads show their chosen literary obsession can be really intimidating. Although lately, we’re less impressed by that then by how much it really sucks that J.K. Rowling took down one of her biggest fans, who, incidentally, is a librarian and bears a striking resemblance to Harry at age 50. Rowling was just doing what she had to do. But it’s still cringe-y.
Which is why it’s nice to remember that there are heaps of other children’s fantasy series–just as palatable and beloved as the British bajillionaire’s–if not a little older and somewhat more esoteric. Madeline L’Engle‘s A Wrinkle In Time may not have been hailed as the savior of the publishing industry, but her introduction into the wild and wooly adventures of the Murray family was no less meaningful to her readers. Tessering! Kything! Saving the world inside your little brother’s mitochondria! Fighting evil brains on horrible planets of sameness! Nobody could accuse the Murray kids of being unable to rise to the occasion. And, as the prenaturally wise Charles Wallace was constantly explaining to his older sister Meg, just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean the explanation doesn’t exist. To wit: "If I have something that is too difficult for adults to swallow," wrote L’Engle, "then I will write it in a book for children."
This week, the BRIC Rotunda Gallery will take L’Engle’s storytelling philosophy
and Newbury Award-winning novel as inspiration for their latest
exhibit, "A Wrinkle In Time: Artists From the Registry," and it should
come as no surprise that the author’s own unconventional style is the
jumping off point for new work by twelve Brooklyn-affiliated artists.
Here, they recontextualize devastating current events
in an aesthetic that equally accessible for children as it is adults.
Unearthly magic and alternate realities collide, beginning tomorrow! Mrs. Whatsit would be so proud.
"A Wrinkle In Time: Artists from the Registry": September 10-October 18; opening reception September 10, 7-9pm.