Hunter Museum of American Art celebrates 70 years with ‘enchanting’ new exhibit

Continuing its 70th anniversary with a year-long focus on collecting, the Hunter Museum of American Art is pleased to present the second of three special exhibitions in the anniversary year featuring collections – this one a collection fantastic illustrations.

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration highlights some of the most memorable and amazing characters and scenes in the realm of fantasy and takes visitors on a fantastical journey through centuries of fairy tales, myths and legends.

Of The Epic of Gilgamesh at game of thronesthe exhibit reveals how artists have brought mythology, folklore and modern epics to life, depicting impossible realities where dragons breathe fire, angels battle demons and magicians weave spells. Delighted, hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., features over 100 works of art.

While focusing on American fantasy illustrations from the early 20th century to the present day, the collection featured in the Delighted The exhibition also includes works of art representing more than five centuries of legends and traditions.

“For anyone who has ever lost themselves in a fairy tale or spent an afternoon engrossed in a comic book, this exhibit is for you,” notes Hunter Museum chief curator Nandini Makrandi. “Delighted is the first major exhibition delving into the many worlds of fantasy art, with historical works of art dating as far back as ancient Roman times to contemporary digital pieces that are part of today’s everyday culture.

Step into the world of fantasy and explore with us for Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustrationgenerously sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. For the duration of the exhibit, the Hunter Museum hosts enchanting events that will teleport visitors of all ages into a magical realm.

Events related to the exhibition:

Thursday June 9, 6-7:30 p.m.cosplay at the hunter

  • You are invited to the hunter’s first cosplay party to celebrate Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration. Play as a character from their favorite fandoms for a chance to win a cosplay contest and enjoy artwork from your favorite fantasy series like A game of thrones, earthseaand The Spiderwick Chronicles. $5 off admission for guests arriving in costume.

Thursday, June 30, 6-7 p.m.Fancy collection panel

  • Meagan and Jason from Infinity Flux and panelists specializing in artist and fantasy memorabilia will share their collecting stories and offer tips for new and experienced comic book collectors. Panelists will also bring examples of some of their award-winning plays.

Thursday July 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Fantastic games night

  • All tabletop players are invited to a game night at The Hunter to join a short one-hit DnD campaign with pre-made character sheets or play board games like Catan and Betrayal at House on Haunted Hill. You will have the opportunity to explore the new exhibition Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration, with illustrations from the Dungeon and Dragon Monster manuals. Free and open to all.

Thursday July 14, 6-7 p.m.hip hop fantasy

  • KG Konstruct and Crew will perform inspired by the beats of Dragon Ball Z, Thriller and Rerun.

Thursday July 28, 6-7 p.m.David Eller: Big Foot Investigator

  • Meet expert Big Foot investigator David Eller for an unforgettable evening learning more about his findings and the many sightings of Big Foot in our area. The program will take place in our special exhibit which includes a Big Foot sculpture to inspire the program.

Sunday August 14, 2-4 p.m.Family Fun Day Fairy Tales Enchantment

  • The hunter will be delighted with indoor and outdoor activities, including art stations, scavenger hunts, food tastings, costume making and shows. Local artists and performers will guide visitors of all ages through art-making activities to connect and inspire.

Thursday August 25, 6-7 p.m.Enchantment with Ballet Esprit

  • Join us for a special fantasy-inspired dance performance by Ballet Esprit.

Visit to learn more and to find the complete list of events related to the exhibition. We look forward to this magical summer with you at the Hunter Museum!

Dora W. Clawson