In the 21st Century, becoming a Disney princess might not be as glamorous as the children's books made it seem. Nowadays, Snow White would be elbow-deep in dish soap washing up after seven dwarves, and Alice would be baking all kinds of mind-altering (but gluten-free) goodies to pass the time. Just ask local South Florida artist Sarah Michelle Rupert. She brought these fairy tales to life in her "In Search of Ever After" exhibit at the Art and Culture Center. Rupert's photography captures the mundane translation of pop-culture expectations in the present. She challenges the consensus propagated by children's literature and film in the mass media. It's not quite a smear campaign, but after taking your 4-year-old niece a few times around the exhibit, she might think twice before demanding to be Cinderella next Halloween (especially if that means sweeping dust and talking to rodents). After all, Amelia Earhart would be a much cooler costume.
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is located at 1650 Harrison St. in Hollywood. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 17. The exhibit runs until January 12. Call 954-921-3274, or visit artandculturecenter.org
Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Starts: Nov. 8. Continues through Jan. 12, 2013