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 East Gallery
The Golden Age to the Modern Era: The Michael and Esther Droller Collection
It started when Michael Droller received a framed reproduction of a Maxfield Parrish painting as a graduation present from medical school. That gift ignited his passion for illustration, a passion that has long sustained Droller outside his career in medicine. Over 40 years, he and his wife Esther have amassed an enviable collection rich in literary history and artistic achievement. Artists from the Golden Age of Illustration—a period of extraordinary creative ferment from 1875 to World War I—include Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, and Kate Greenaway, as well as later but accomplished practitioners Frank Adams, L. Leslie Brooke, and W. Heath Robinson. The Droller’s modern holdings, spanning the last quarter of the 20th century, comprise such luminaries as Barbra Cooney, Alice and Martin Provensen, and Maurice Sendak. Thematic subjects bridge both epochs, allowing artistic comparisons between Arthur Rackham’s and Jerry Pinkney’s versions of Aesop’s Fables to Charles Robinson’s and Michael Hague’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.