Maurice Sendak exhibit features 'Wild Things' art and the author's script notes(Read article summary)
The exhibit is on display in New York City through Aug. 17.
Soon after what would have been the authorâ€™s 85th birthday, an exhibit of writer Maurice Sendakâ€™s work and possessions will open at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
The show will be open to the public on June 14 and will run through Aug. 17. It includes drawings created for, but not published in, Sendakâ€™s book â€śWhere the Wild Things Are,â€ť furniture designed by Sendak, and some of the authorâ€™s notes, among other items.
â€śI think itâ€™s safe to say that no other private collection touches [this], or even comes close,â€ť Leonard Marcus, a childrenâ€™s literature historian, said.
One of the attractions in the exhibit drew particular praise from Shelf Awareness writer Jennifer M. Brown.Â
â€śDo not miss the cow sculpture downstairs,â€ť Brown wrote of a piece of artwork which features the faces of Bernard and the other Wild Things of â€śWhere the Wild Things Are.â€ť Beneath the cow is Max, the storyâ€™s hero.
Other items include etchings of stone that the writer created as he was designing sets for the Houston Grand Operaâ€™s production of â€śThe Magic Flute.â€ť Also on display are notes he made on a script when he produced a TV special titled â€śReally Rosieâ€ť which was based on several of his books, including â€śChicken Soup with Rice.â€ť The TV special was based off the musical of the same name which featured music by Carole King; Sendak took charge of the script and lyrics.Â
â€śRosie should have look of exaggerated suffering,â€ť he writes in one suggestion.
As part of the exhibit, a catalogue titled â€śMaurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Workâ€ť has also been published. Written by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M.V. David, the curators of the exhibit, it also includes 12 original essays about Sendak penned by writers such as Steven Heller and Iona Opie.