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Exhibit -- In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak
Friday, March 9, 2012
12:30 PM-5:30 PM
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Lippitt Hall (1st Floor)
March 9 - April 20, 2012
Providence Public Library has been selected to host an American Library Association small-format traveling exhibit focused on Maurice Sendak. In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak is one in a series on Jewish artists who have contributed to the culture of the United States and the world through their lives and work.
Sendak's popular children's books such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen were inspired by his typically American childhood growing up in New York City in the 1930s. His books reveal his fascination with the people, sights and sounds and smells of the city during that era. But he was also drawn to his family's photographs of his ancestors and to the world of the shetl of the European Jews.
The exhibit reveals the pull of the Old World in Sendak's work and his connection with the New World and how Sendak's artistic journey has led him deeper into his family history and his Jewish identity.
Sunday, March 11, 2 pm
Keynote: Genius is the Memory of Childhood
Michael Fink, Professor of English, Rhode Island School of Design
Sunday, March 18, 2 pm
Film Screenings (Auditorium, 3rd floor)
Animated Version Where the Wild Things Are (Scholastic)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) Director, Spike Jones
Sunday, March 25, 2 pm
Responses to Maurice Sendak's Picture Books: Giggles, Gasps and Garlands, with Joan Glazer, Professor Emeritus, Rhode Island College
Sunday, April 1, 2 pm
Imagination and Inspiration: Creating Books from the Heart, with Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, Professor of Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design
In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, 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.