IN THE East Gallery
Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings (1941), The Carle is organizing a retrospective highlighting much of the original art from this beloved book. While significant emphasis will center on Make Way for Ducklings, the exhibition considers McCloskey’s entire career ranging from his early publications Lentil (1940), Homer Price (1943), and Centerburg Tales (1951), which recall the artist’s youth in rural Ohio, to the family-based stories set in his adopted home state of Maine, such as Blueberries for Sal (1948) and Time of Wonder (1957). A selection of independent work—watercolors and paintings that connect McCloskey to such prominent American painters as Thomas Hart Benton and Edward Hopper—will also be showcased. The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a major force in twentieth-century picture book art. Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey will feature over 90 original artworks, ephemera, and rare preliminary book materials.
Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers.
IN THE Central Gallery
Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary
The museum will mark Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with the exhibition Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Darling’s iconic images brought Cleary’s beloved characters Ramona, Beezus, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tibbets, and Ralph S. Mouse to life. As an illustrator at William Morrow and Company, Darling was assigned to Cleary’s first book, Henry Huggins, in 1950. Thus began their twenty-year association. Darling illustrated most of Cleary’s early books—twelve in total—before his untimely death. Though Cleary’s stories have since been re-illustrated, it was Darling’s vision–matched with Cleary’s words–that helped define these stories as modern classics. Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary will feature preliminary sketches, finished artwork, correspondence between author and illustrator, and period photographs.
Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
IN THE West Gallery
The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek
Eric Carle has made many pieces of unforgettable art during a 50-year career that includes more than 70 books. Unbeknownst to most readers, however, Carle has left behind a trail of “Easter eggs” in his illustrations, and in doing so has created a subtext of secret allusions. He often hides “C” and “R” in his images, denoting the first letters of his children’s names. “A few times,” he says, “I have even incorporated the names of friends into my books; these names will be hard to find; they are camouflaged.”
This exhibition entices visitors to take a closer look at Carle’s art to uncover these hidden references. Flip labels reveal some of the people and places important to him.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.
From the Collection: Dog Days
Artists and authors have long explored the special bond between humans and their canine companions. From the Collection: Dog Days features 16 ink and watercolor illustrations of man’s best friend, dating from the early 20th century to the present. The artists represented include Hilary Knight, Arnold Lobel, Barry Moser, William Steig, and Suzanne Suba, among others.