In A Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak

In A Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak

Programs and Events About the Exhibit In A Nutshell sponsors Learn more about Sendak


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In A Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak opens January 4 at the Main Library, 301 York Street. The exhibit will be on display through February 24, 2012.

Klezmer Band of River City

Klezmer Band of River City and Gallery Reception
Tuesday, January 17, 7 p.m. - Join us for a lively performance and discussion of this form of Jewish folk music, with Eastern European and jazz influences. The event includes a reception and Sendak-inspired activities.

Where the Wild Things Are

A Wild, Wild Rumpus
Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - “Let the wild rumpus start!” Children and families will enjoy a special reading of Where the Wild Things Are performed by Stage One Family Theatre, get a chance to meet Max and one of the Wild Things, and create wild crafts with the Speed Art Museum.

Jewish Ritual Objects

Jewish Ritual Objects: Religion and Art
Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. - Join University of Louisville history professor Lee Shai Weissbach for an illustrated tour of traditional Jewish art represented in Jewish religious objects and practices.

In The Night Kitchen

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About The Exhibit

Maurice Sendak is best known as the illustrator of more than 100 picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He was born to Polish immigrants in Brooklyn in 1928, and his childhood was typically American in a number of ways. At the same time, he became fascinated as a child with the worn black-and-white photographs of his European relatives, and the influence of both of these worlds – the threads of Jewish family, geography, and culture – can be seen in his imaginative works.

The exhibit is an exploration of Sendak’s illustrations and picture books, revealing connections between these iconic works and Sendak’s childhood, family, and the popular culture of the time. The colorful exhibit panels feature illustrations of ferocious creatures, curious children and vibrant neighborhoods, alongside thematic explorations of the Jewish culture and history – and Sendak’s own family experience – that influenced his work. 


Exhibit Sponsors

“In a Nutshell” was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life. The exhibit was curated by Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

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Want to Learn More?

Biography and Timeline - A biography and timeline for Sendak, as part of the Rosenbach Museum & Library website

Maurice Sendak Collection - An online gallery of images and information from the Rosenbach Museum.

Jews in America: Our Story - The American Jewish experience, as seen through a searchable gallery of documents, photographs, and other artifacts. Features an interactive timeline, where users can learn about Jewish life and culture as it related to world events, arts and culture, politics and more from 1654 until present day. Sponsored and hosted by the Center for Jewish History.

Living Memorial to the Holocaust - Website of the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, featuring an in-depth exploration of the Holocaust, digital resources, supplemental materials for educational programs, online exhibitions, and more.

Newcomers to New York - Website mapping immigration patterns specific to New York City has welcomed more, including the following ethnic groups: Dutch, English, Irish, German, Chinese, East European Jewish, Italian, African American and others. You will find many parallels amongst the groups featured on this website, from the creation of mutual aid societies to help newcomers acclimate to the establishment of sacred sites where they could maintain century-old traditions.

More Related Websites - The ALA (American Library Association) has several other links to websites related to the Maurice Sendak Exhibit.

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Last Updated: 1/23/12