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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Past Exhibitions

Barbara McClintock

IN THE Central Gallery

Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock: Leave Your Sleep

Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep, which appeared in 2010 to rave reviews, transformed a marvelous selection of children’s poetry into a collection of original songs. In 2012 a picture book of the same title was published with richly imagined watercolors by Barbara McClintock. Leave Your Sleep opens the door to a world of poems and songs filled with witches, fearless girls, blind men and elephants, and sailors. Sound, word, and image happily and brilliantly share the same stage. The Carle hosts an exhibition of selected works, from preliminary sketches to finished art, by McClintock as well as some of Merchant’s own initial visual ideas.

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IN THE Central Gallery

The Heartaches of a French Cat

In the spring of 2010, Barbara McClintock made a promised gift of the vast majority of materials relating to her award-winning book Heartaches of a French Cat (1989). To celebrate this generous gesture, The Carle is mounting a small exhibition in its central gallery which will be on view from May 17 to November 27, 2011. Inspired by stories of the 19th-century French authors, HonorĂ© de Balzac and P. J. Stahl, McClintock tells the story entirely in pantomime of an upwardly mobile cat who is wooed and betrayed by a Count of no account. Her anthropomorphic drawings were informed by the highly popular 19th-century French caricaturist J. J. Granville. The book is a wonderful blend of black and white and color illustrations. In addition to the finished works, the exhibition will display a selection of dummy books, character studies, preliminary sketches, and color trials. The exhibition reflects a true labor of love that was acknowledged as one of the top ten children’s books of the year in 1989 by The New York Times.


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