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Friday, September 13, 2002


From the Skirball Center Web site ...

Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures

September 20 — January 5

Free for children under 12

Often described as the "Picasso" of children's books, Maurice Sendak (b. 1928) has written and illustrated more than 100 books and has won every major award in children's literature. He is credited with introducing a new style to the genre, one that explores dark themes while empowering child characters to overcome adversity and fears. Much of his work is autobiographical, based on the experiences and memories of his Jewish immigrant family—the sights, sounds, and smells of Brooklyn in the early 20th century.

Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures explores the creative process behind Sendak's legendary work. The exhibition features many of the artist's original drawings, sketches, notebooks, family photographs, music, videos, and letters, along with interactive components, designed to foster an appreciation of books and reading. Young visitors can sail in Max's boat (Where the Wild Things Are, 1963); slide into a giant-size soup bowl (Chicken Soup with Rice, 1962); relax with a book on Rosie's Brooklyn stoop (The Sign on Rosie's Door, 1960); or create Wild Things.

Sendak Stories at 3:00 p.m. daily

Organized by the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta, Georgia. Many of the images in this exhibition are facsimiles taken from original art in The Maurice Sendak Archive housed at The Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia.


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