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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
Hours
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Upcoming Exhibitions

IN THE West Gallery

The Art of Eric Carle: Re-Imaged and Re-Imagined

Over the past 45 years, several of Eric Carle’s books have been republished, providing Eric with an opportunity to re-imagine some of his earlier illustrations. The pairings on view in this exhibition highlight works that Carle chose to re-illustrate for new editions alongside previous ones. They tell not only the rich stories of the books they come from, but also of Carle’s evolving style and techniques.

IN THE East Gallery

Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

To mark the anniversary of everyone's favorite schoolgirl, Madeline, this exhibition celebrates Ludwig Bemelmans's legacy. Drawings from each of the six Madeline books will be on view, plus a generous cross-section of his other artwork for children and adults. A Bemelmans bar brought back from Paris, delightful fabric designs, and memorabilia like the Bad Hat's original hat are just a few of the treasures that will be on view.

Support for Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation

Madeline at the Paris Flower Market © 1955 by Ludwig Bemelmans. Collection of Barbara Bemelmans

IN THE Central Gallery

A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston

The Carle is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work of Alice Bolam Preston (1888-1958) taken from the museum’s holdings which are the generous gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel. The exhibition will be on view in the central gallery from December 16, 2014 through May 3, 2015. Preston was an illustrator, designer, and craftsperson who lived in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. She was especially known for children's book illustration and worked primarily for Houghton Mifflin in the teens and twenties—at the end of what is often considered the “golden age” of illustration. Among the books she illustrated were Adventures in Mother Goose Land (1920), Peggy in Her Blue Frock (1921), The Little Man with One Shoe (1921), Humpty Dumpty House (1921), The Valley of Color Days (1924), and Whistle for Good Fortune (1940). Her work reflects a strong interest in fairies and resonates with some of the premier British artists working at the time, including Henry Ford, Harry Clarke, Charles Robinson, and Jessie Marion King; closer to home, she worked in the orbit of Jessie Willcox Smith. Preston also did occasional magazine cover illustration for House Beautiful between 1925 and 1958.
 

IN THE East Gallery

Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz

The Carle is pleased to announce Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, a retrospective of the work of the acknowledged master Uri Shulevitz in celebration of his 80th year. The exhibition will open in mid-March of 2015 and close in early June. Organized by Chief Curator, Nick Clark, the exhibition will comprise approximately 90 works surveying Shulevitz’s career as a picture-book artists and will include a selection of his independent art. Shulevitz garnered the Caldecott medal for his Fool of the World and the Flying Ship in 1969 and won Caldecott honors in 1979, 1999, and 2009—most recently for his How I Learned Geography, a poignant memoir of the trials of his early life and how a map fueled his curiosity and imagination. Working in a wide variety of media, the artist demonstrates remarkable versatility, as he interprets an equally wide range of literature. A profusely illustrated catalogue with an essay by Clark will accompany the exhibition.

 

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