Amidst the turbulence of 1960s America a quiet revolution took place where few expected it: the world of children’s books. Maurice Sendak was part of a vanguard of writers and illustrators transforming the American picture book and revolutionizing children’s culture in the ‘60s. This exhibition is the first to explore how Sendak’s art reflected both social and personal turmoil throughout the decade.
Sharing Information in the Pre-Digital Age
Explore the ways that people—historic and contemporary—have connected to each other and the world they live in. While modern technology has revolutionized the ease and speed with which humans can connect behavior that may seem novel today may just be new expressions of ongoing human interests. Networking before the Net offers a playful look at such “social media,” then and now.
Three Jewish Firsts in the Rosenbach Collection
Museum co-founder Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach assembled astonishing collections that document Jewish firsts. Spanning five centuries, these objects celebrate the rich and storied heritage of the Jewish people.
50 Years of Wild Things
Delve into Sendak’s working process and inspirations for Where the Wild Things Are and learn just how long this wild rumpus had been brewing in Sendak’s imagination. The Rosenbach is the only place you can see the original drawings during the book’s 50th anniversary year.
Past exhibition: Thy Father’s Spirit: A Bloomsday Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Literary Manuscripts
Featuring The Ulysses Glove Project by Jessica Deane Rosner
Witnesses to the Civil War
1863 was a pivotal year in the Civil War. Through letters and other dispatches, hear first-hand from the people struggling to preserve the Union and live their lives during this dramatic era of U.S. history.
An Exhibition: Soldiers’ Stories, Then and Now
From the American Revolution to Operation Enduring Freedom, United States troops have served on many fronts throughout our nation’s history. Interweaving historic letters with first-person accounts from today’s veterans, this exhibition shows the remarkable similarities between soldiers’ lives then and now.
Interviews, Objects…and Poles!
Colbert Nation has raised its flag at the Rosenbach Museum & Library…or, at least its flagpole.
Celebrate Sendak’s revolutionary work and artistic talent in this landmark exhibition, displaying more than 65 drawings from his 65-year career. Refreshed with new material every four months, this exhibition will include work from each of Sendak’s picture books by the end of its yearlong run.
James Joyce once said: “A work belongs to its author by virtue of a natural right, and thus the courts ought to protect an author against the mutilation and publication of his work…” This exhibition examines several such “mutilations” of Joyce’s own work while tracing the impact of obscenity laws and copyright laws on the international publication history of his novel Ulysses.