Opening Reception: In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak

Sunday, March 11, 2012

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Lippitt Hall (1st Floor)

Sun, 2012-03-11 14:00 - 16:00

Join us for the Opening Reception for the Sendak Exhibit featuring Michael Fink, Professor of English at RI School of Design (RISD), as keynote.

Professor Fink

Genius is the Memory of Childhood

Maurice Sendak draws and writes from his inner resources of earliest impressions of his boyhood world.  He recalls and recounts his fears and hopes and shares them imaginatively and creatively with his readers of all ages.  His work mixes dreams, nightmares and the actual conditions of the real world.

Michael Fink has been teaching the arts of literature and cinema at RISD since 1957.  He has been named both Honorary Alumnus, Teacher of the Year and winner of the John Frazier Award for excellence in teaching.  He has earned the Metcalf Award from the Providence Journal and other prizes for his columns and documentary films, including the Never Again Award, the National Council for Community and Justice Award and the George M. Cohan Award.  He speaks at a variety of conferences , both locally and in many cities of the world.

Providence Public Library has been selected to host an American Library Association small-format traveling exhibit focused on Maurice Sendak.

In a NuNight Kitchentshell: 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.

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.

Street parking is free on Sundays.  Discount parking is also available at the Providence Hilton Garage, $3 for 3 hours. Bring your ticket with you for validation at the Circulation Desk.

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