Professor of Jewish studies and literature to speak at Sendak exhiibt
Fort Bend County Libraries will host an Opening Reception for the exhibit, “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” which will be on display at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, beginning March 8, and continuing through April 20, in the Bohachevsky Gallery. The reception will take place on Thursday, March 8, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, with a special presentation by Dr. David Brenner beginning at 7:00 pm.
Dr. Brenner will talk about the influence of Jewish heritage and culture in Maurice Sendak’s life and work, which ultimately transformed our ideas about what a children’s picture book can be. A professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies in the Honors College at the University of Houston, Dr. Brenner has written two books about the Jewish identity and history. His current book project focuses on genocide education.
The exhibit is an exploration of Sendak’s illustrations and children’s picture books, revealing connections between these iconic works and Sendak’s childhood, family, and the popular culture of the time. The colorful exhibit panels feature illustrations of ferocious creatures, curious children and vibrant neighborhoods, alongside thematic explorations of the Jewish culture and history – and Sendak’s own family experience – all of which influenced his work.
The exhibit “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak” was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and by the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life. The exhibit was curated by Patrick Rodgers, of the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
George Memorial Library is the only location in Texas selected to host this traveling exhibition. Fort Bend County Libraries is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibit. Visit the library’s website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – for more information on upcoming programs.
The exhibit is free and may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.
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