Childhood Classics

The Carnegie Arts Center is excited to announce a major new exhibition: Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection. This show will be on view in the Ferrari Gallery from September 18, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

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Garth Williams, Stuart Little, ink on paper, 1945

With original works by more than 50 artists and 75 books, the exhibition explores the history of children’s book illustration during the last 100 years. Examples range from turn-of-the-century pen and ink drawings by Sarah Noble Ives for editions of Mother Goose to the most popular works of today, including the digital creations of Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus). The exhibition features the unique and original art of Dr. Seuss, the iconic Wild Things of Maurice Sendak, and the popular Little Golden Books which have been a staple in many American homes since the 1940s.

21 of the artists included in the show have been recipients of Caldecott Medal awards and honors. Among the many well-known classic illustrators featured are Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells, Richard Scarry, Arnold Lobel, Tomie dePaola, and Hilary Knight; other more recently celebrated illustrators include Chris Van Allsburg, Gerald McDermott, Chris Raschka, Jerry Pinkney, and David Shannon. Beloved characters of literature include Babar, Eloise, Madeline, the Cat in the Hat, Stuart Little, and Dick & Jane.

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Rosemary Wells, Yoko, watercolor

Childhood Classics is curated by Lois Sarkisian and Lee Cohen, the co-founders of Every Picture Tells a Story—the influential gallery of art from children’s books in Los Angeles—from their extensive personal collection.

This show is wonderful for viewers of all ages. Bring the whole family! The Carnegie is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 students & seniors, and free for Carnegie members and children 12 and under.

One thought on “Childhood Classics

  1. What great idea for an exhibition! Definitely will be attending. Thank you for allowing me to relive some of my past (went to school when they used Dick and Jane as a reader).


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