Maurice Sendak
50 Years, 50 Works

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works is a comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select artworks by the late author, artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s universally revered children’s book.

Presented by the Nevada Museum of Art Education Department, the exhibition is geared towards children and families and is accompanied by special family events for all ages, storytelling in the galleries, special classes, film screenings, and literacy and writing workshops.

The exhibition includes works in a variety of media and offers a survey of the highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. From children’s literature and Broadway to the opera, animated films and young adult textbooks, Sendak remained an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and influence on generations of readers and young adults.

This exhibition was organized by Opar, Inc. and AFA, New York. Special thanks to AFA, New York for their support.

Lead sponsorship by Edna B. Benna and the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation

Major sponsorship by John H. O. LaGatta, Alexandra LaGatta and John LaGatta II

Sponsorship by Leonard and Kristen Remington

Supporting sponsorship by Chelsea and Jarrod Dean, Dr. Valerie M. Fridland and Craig S. Denney, Caroline and Jim Kaplan, Janet K. Mello, Fong and J.P. Menante, Susan and Brian Pansky, Paul Baker Prindle and Benjamin Karl, Mary Jayne Rader, Malena and Spencer Raymond, Robin and Steve Welch, and Emily and Joe Wieczorek.

Media sponsorship by KTVN.

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  • Art Bite: Illustrator Lisa Kurt on Maurice Sendak and Illustration

    Friday March 7, 2014 / 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

    Reno-based artist and illustrator Lisa Kurt discusses the graphic tradition of illustration and its effects of Maurice Sendak’s remarkable narrative illustrations.

  • hands ON! Read, Write, Create!

    Saturday March 8, 2014 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Enjoy a free day at the Museum and participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Admission is free to all visiors from 10 am - 6 pm

    SCHEDULE

    10 am - 4 pm | Little Books for Little Hands - Theater Lobby
    10 am - 4 pm | Little Accordion Books - Redfield Learning Center
    10:30 & 11 am | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Altered Landscape Gallery
    11:30 am | Where the Wild Things Are / Donde Viven los Monstruos: A Bilingual Reading
    noon & 1:00 pm (repeats) | Jam'n Kids - Interactive Early Childhood Music Education with JamPro Music Factory - Theater
    1:00 pm | Public Tour (adult focus) - 3rd Floor
    2:30 & 3 pm | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Altered Landscape Gallery
    3:30 pm | Where the Wild Things Are / Donde Viven los Monstruos: A Bilingual Reading

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    Support for hands/ON! is provided by the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, Leonette Foundation, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Western Nevada Supply. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

  • Premiere Talk: Illustrator Lisa Brown on Sendak for a New Generation

    Thursday March 13, 2014 / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Artist Lisa Brown is the author and illustrator of a number of notable contemporary children’s books, including several with her husband Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. She claims Maurice Sendak as a key inspiration for her work as an illustrator. Join Lisa for a wide-ranging exploration of the impact of Maurice Sendak’s work on illustration, and its significance to new generations of children’s literature.

  • Teen Art Night: Wild Things

    Friday March 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Inspired by the Spike Jonez film and Maurice Sendak's book Where the Wild Things Are, teens will enjoy an all-ages night featuring live music by the Third Wheelers, American Goodfellas and a DJ Dance Party. Hands-on projects include off-the-cuff screen printing, beast-making, an interactive photo booth, vintage photos, bleached t-shirts and more! Teen Art Night is presented in partnership with The Holland Project and the Museum's Youth Arts Initiative.

    Sponsorship provided by the Hearst Foundation

    TICKETS: $5, please pay at the door

  • hands ON! A Wild Rumpus

    Saturday April 12, 2014 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Enjoy a free day at the Museum and participate in hands-on art projects and storytelling. Admission is free to all visitors from 10 am - 6 pm

    SCHEDULE

    10 am - 4 pm | Creative Crowns - Theater Lobby
    10 am - 4 pm | Rumpus Tambourines - Redfield Learning Center
    10:30 & 11 am | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Altered Landscape Gallery
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm | KNPB Kids' Club: Meet Curious George! - Atrium
    11:30 am | Where the Wild Things Are / Donde Viven los Monstruos: A Bilingual Reading - Sendak Exhibition
    noon & 1:00 pm (repeats) | Youth Pop Ensemble Performance with JamPro Music Factory - Theater
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    3:00 pm | Film: Where the Wild Things Are and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak - Theater
    3:30 pm | Where the Wild Things Are / Donde Viven los Monstruos: A Bilingual Reading - Sendak Exhibition

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    Support for hands/ON! is provided by the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, Leonette Foundation, the Mathewson CLAT #5, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Western Nevada Supply. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

  • Where the Wild Things Are: Pajama Party and Film Screening

    Friday April 18, 2014 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Parents and children are invited for a festive pajama party at the Museum. Participants will enjoy a hands-on art projects including King/Queen of the Wild Things Crowns, Wild Tails and Small Book Projects, after-hours access to the exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, evening snacks and a special screening of the 2009 Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are. This event is designed for families with children ages 7 - 12. This film rating is PG. Come in your coziest PJs! Tickets are per-person and the same price for children and adult participants.

    Tickets available at the door. $20 non-members / $16 Museum Members

Maurice Sendak, Imagination Celebration Poster, 1982. Commission from the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Watercolor & ink on paper, 25 x 31.5 inches. © Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved.

Maurice Sendak, Rumpus Trees from Where the Wild Things Are, 1971. Lithograph, 15 x 24 inches. © Maurice Sendak: All Rights Reserved.

50 Years, 50 Works