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Monsters and Miracles: A Journey through Jewish Picture Books

CLOSING WEEKEND! On view through August 1, 2010


ADMISSION

  • Included with Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students; $5 Children 2–12; Free to Skirball Members and Children under 2; Free to all visitors on Thursdays


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Fun for all ages, this exhibition showcases more than 100 original illustrations and texts from time-honored classics and popular favorites, from illuminated Haggadot to Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story.

Fun for all ages! Showcasing more than 100 illustrations and texts from time-honored classics and popular favorites, this new exhibition guides audiences through the colorful history of the Jewish picture book, from the sixteenth century to the present. On display are original works of art sure to inspire wonder—paintings, drawings, computer-generated images, papercuts, and collage—and an eclectic collection of texts, from illuminated Haggadot to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are to Lemony Snicket’s The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story. Other featured authors and artists include Arnold Lobel, Daniel Pinkwater, Mark Podwal, Francine Prose, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Art Spiegelman, and William Steig, as well as luminaries Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky, and Ze’ev Raban.

Special interactive stations—Kick back and have fun at interactive stations designed especially for booklovers young and old. “Make a monster” using vibrant art materials; slip on headphones to hear celebrities such as Mayim Bialik, Allison Janney, Tony Kushner, and Henry Winkler read their favorite tales; and more!

MONSTERS AND MIRACLES: A JOURNEY THROUGH JEWISH PICTURE BOOKS IS CO-ORGANIZED BY THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER AND THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART, AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS.

The exhibition and related programs are made possible in part by support from:

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Rebekah and Howard Farber

Mae and Roy Friedman

Susanne and Paul Kester

Gail and Irv Weintraub

MEDIA SPONSORS:
KCRW       Los Angeles Magazine

Read about more current and upcoming exhibitions

Download the Monsters and Miracles press release (PDF).


IMAGE CREDITS (top to bottom):

Prince Rooster from Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tales Funnies © 2000 art spiegelman. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Mordicai Gerstein, But Jonah Sank to the Bottom of the Sea, illustration from Jonah and the Two Great Fish, 1997. Used by permission.

Simms Taback, Motke Rabinowitz's Shtetl, illustration from Kibitzers and Fools: Tales my Zayda Told Me, 2005. Used by permission.

Lisa Brown, The Latke Was Suffering So Much That It Leapt Out of the Hot Pan and Out the Window of the Cottage, and Began to Run Screaming Down The Boulevard, illustration from Lemony Snicket, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, 2007. Used by permission.

Leonard Everett Fisher, Dybbuk Rising from the Grave, illustration from Barbara Rogasky, Dybbuk, 2005. Used by permission.

Mark Podwal, Ashmedai King of the Demons turning into King Solomon, illustration from Elie Wiesel, King Solomon and His Magic Ring, 1999. Used by permission.


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