Maurice Sendak: 50 Years

March 14 – May 12, 2024


Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, is a retrospective of original paintings and illustrations by Maurice Sendak, honoring the 50th anniversary of when “Where the Wild Things Are” was originally published.

Join us on a journey through the extraordinary life and creative genius of Maurice Sendak, a visionary storyteller and artist whose work continues to inspire and enchant audiences worldwide.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1928, Sendak’s childhood was marked by both moments of wonder and profound loss. The media frenzy surrounding the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., and the destruction of his father’s village in Poland by the Nazis in 1941 left indelible impressions on the young Sendak, shaping his worldview and creative sensibilities. Sendak’s journey began in earnest in 1947 when he completed his first book illustrations for “Atomics for the Millions.” His talent soon blossomed, leading to his first foray into children’s literature with illustrations for “The Wonderful Farm” by Marcel Aymé in 1951.

In 1956, Sendak made his mark as both author and illustrator with “Kenny’s Window,” paving the way for his groundbreaking masterpiece, “Where the Wild Things Are,” published in 1963. This timeless classic, awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964, remains a touchstone of children’s literature, captivating readers with its rich imagery and profound exploration of childhood imagination.

Throughout his illustrious career, Sendak continued to push artistic boundaries, creating iconic works such as “In the Night Kitchen” (1971) and “Outside Over There” (1981). His collaborations extended beyond the pages of books, as he ventured into opera production, designing sets for “Where the Wild Things Are” and other productions.

Despite personal challenges, including the loss of loved ones and health setbacks, Sendak’s creativity remained undimmed. His enduring legacy includes over 100 illustrated works, including the poignant “Bumbleardy,” completed shortly before his passing in 2012. Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Maurice Sendak, whose boundless imagination and unparalleled storytelling continue to captivate hearts and minds across generations.

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