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

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  • Wednesday-Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Current Exhibitions

IN THE West Gallery

Under the Sea with Eric Carle

Dive in for an underwater adventure! This exhibition showcases original art from 11 Eric Carle picture books, including his popular titles A House for Hermit Crab (1987) and Mr. Seahorse (2004). See penguins in arctic waters and jellyfish in tropical seas, along with playful dolphins, seals, turtles, and whales. Also on view are Carle’s illustrations of mythological sea creatures—mermaids, leviathans, and the legendary kraken. A reading rowboat and an immersive puppet stage provide inspiration for creative play.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

Exhibition design by Katie Craig

 

Eric Carle, Illustration for A House for Hermit Crab. Collection of The Eric and Barbara Carle Foundation. © 1987 Penguin Random House LLC.

IN THE Central Gallery

Eric Carle's Angels: An Homage to Paul Klee

At the age of 87, Eric Carle embarked on a series of found-object collages depicting angels. He dedicated these abstract assemblages to the artist Paul Klee (Swiss, 1879-1940), who created over 70 drawings and paintings of angels during his lifetime. “Klee and his angels have become my strange and mysterious passion,” says Carle. “Several years ago I began to feel the need to honor Klee’s angels in visual form.” Carle created 20 angels in a spirit of playful improvisation, unbound from the restraints of a picture book. Exhibited for the first time, the angels reveal his artistic interests and influences. Carle’s angels—singular, bold, three-dimensional—are testament to the expressive power of collage in the hands of a master.

 

Eric Carle, Homage to Paul Klee 6, 2016. Collection of The Eric and Barbara Carle Foundation. © Penguin Random House LLC.

IN THE Reading Library

Black Voices: Picture Books as Antiracist Resources

This exhibition features recent picture books by Black artists and writers that empower the reader to reflect on and celebrate the complexity of their identities. In addition to bringing joy and discovery, these books encourage honest discussion of race and racism. They honor a range of Black lives and experiences and advocate for solidarity in the struggle for social justice and equity.

Click here to view and purchase books in the exhibition.

 

Black is a Rainbow Color written by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Text © 2020 Angela Joy and illustrations © 2020 Ekua Holmes.
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