The Picture Book Made New: Margaret Wise Brown and Her Illustrators

March 27 - July 10, 2005
East Gallery

A pivotal figure in the evolution of picture books, Margaret Wise Brown authored Goodnight Moon (1947), The Runaway Bunny (1942), and other groundbreaking books for the very young. She championed the careers of a generation of illustrators and, by cross-fertilizing ideas drawn from progressive education and the avant-garde, transformed the picture book into a vibrant contemporary art form. The Carle is delighted to exhibit the largest selection of art from Brown’s books ever assembled, including works by Clement Hurd, Leonard Weisgard, Garth Williams, Esphyr Slobodkina, Ylla, Tibor Gergely, Alice and Martin Provensen, and others.

This exhibition was made possible in part by generous support from HarperCollins Publishers.