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.
IN THE Central Gallery
Shades of Gray: David Macaulay’s Black and White
The Carle is pleased to announce it will host an exhibition of the original art from David Macaulay’s Caldecott award-winning Black and White. The exhibition which will be on view from May 9 to November 29, 2015 is a partial celebration of the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. Heralded as one of the first post-modern picture books where a unified linear narrative was rejected, the book comprises four possible stories arranged in four panels per page which the reader can read according to their preference. In his acceptance speech, Macaulay praised the committee for its choice of such a seemingly unorthodox book. The visitor will be able to gain a deeper understanding of Macaulay’s process through the wealth of preliminary material.