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

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  • Mon- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Upcoming 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 (Simon & Schuster). Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle. © 1987 Eric Carle.

IN THE East Gallery

The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman's Books for Children

The Pursuit of Everything presents a colorful panorama of Maira Kalman’s picture book career. Perhaps best known for her quirky New Yorker covers and as a pioneering visual journalist for The New York Times, Kalman has also published 18 acclaimed children’s books. She illustrates the comic adventures of Max Stravinsky, the dog-poet in Max Makes a Million (1990), and the escapades of a gluttonous canine named Pete in What Pete Ate (2001). The exhibition features Kalman’s kaleidoscopic paintings from Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman (1989) and Next Stop Grand Central (1999) alongside illustrations from her recent publications Beloved Dog (2015) and Cake (2018). Kalman addresses important historical figures and events in Looking at Lincoln (2012), Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote (2018), and the 9/11-inspired Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (2002). Balancing the ridiculous and the profound, Kalman’s beautifully crafted paintings and witty word play delight audiences of all ages.
 

This exhibition is curated by Jane Bayard Curley. 

This exhibition is made possible with generous support from Penguin Young Readers and Random House Children's Books. 


 

Maira Kalman, Illustration for Smartypants (Pete in School) (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery, New York. © 2003 Maira Kalman.
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