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In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak: Opening Reception - Sept. 1

Resources to supplement Rohrbach Library's exhibit and events, Aug 29 - Oct 14, 2011

Opening Reception for "In a Nutshell: The World of Maurice Sendak"

Patrick Rodgers at the Rosenbach Museum

Thursday, September 1  -  7pm  -  Rohrbach Library, Room 100B

The Opening Reception features a presentation by brilliant Sendak scholar Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenbach Museum, the curator of the In a Nutshell exhibit. Rodgers wrote this description of his talk:


Drawing the Other Story: The Cathartic Art of Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak may be best known as the creator of the 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are, but did you know that his more than 90 illustrated books have confronted themes as diverse and difficult as the Holocaust, the abduction of children, and his own family conflicts?  For more than 60 years, Sendak’s mission as an illustrator has been to explore the jubilant fantasies of childhood while acknowledging the harsh realities in which kids grow up.  His use of picture book art as a way to confront, question, and understand those realities will be the subject of this talk accompanying the opening of the exhibition In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak at the Rohrbach Library. 

Patrick Rodgers is the Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, the home of Maurice Sendak’s picture book artwork.  Rodgers has curated exhibitions of Sendak’s artwork since 2007 and has interviewed Mr. Sendak extensively.  He will present some of that interview footage during the course of his presentation.