This listing includes exhibits at Rockwell Center’s partner institutions and illustration exhibits institutions around the country.
Wendell Minor’s America
Norman Rockwell Museum
November 9, 2013 through May 26, 2014
Take a journey through history, from sea to shining sea, through the art of Wendell Minor, our nation’s premier historical picture book illustrator. The artist’s many acclaimed children’s books reflect his love of America’s varied landscape and a deep respect for the environment. His travels have taken him from the tropical Everglades of Florida to Barrow Alaska in the Arctic Circle; from his native Midwest to the Grand Canyon in the Southwest; and throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand.
Wendell Minor, W is for Washington, 2006. Illustration for Yankee Doodle America by Wendell Minor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Group. Acrylic on panel. Collection of the artist. ©Wendell Minor. All rights reserved
Original artworks, artifacts, and references for Reaching for the Moon and Look to the Stars by Buzz Aldrin, Sitting Bull Remembers by Ann Turner, Abraham Lincoln Comes Home by Robert Burleigh, Arctic Son by Jean Craighead George, Shane by Jack Schafer, and America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates, among many others, will celebrate twenty-five years of unforgettable picturebook art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by many of the noted authors and editors whom Minor has partnered with.
Barbara McClintock and Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
November 26, 2013 – May 4, 2014
Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep, which appeared in 2010 to rave reviews, transformed a marvelous selection of children’s poetry into a collection of original songs. In 2012 a picture book of the same title was published with richly imagined watercolors by Barbara McClintock. Leave Your Sleep opens the door to a world of poems and songs filled with witches, fearless girls, blind men and elephants, and sailors. Sound, word, and image happily and brilliantly share the same stage. The Carle will host an exhibition of selected works, from preliminary sketches to finished art, by McClintock as well as some of Merchant’s own initial visual ideas.
Lyle Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
March 18 – June 8, 2014
Bernard Waber, who died in May of 2013 at the age of ninety-one, was a born storyteller and nimble, elegant draughtsman with mischief to spare. In the more than two dozen picture books he created between 1961 and 2010, Waber reveled in life’s little surprises while quietly insisting on the importance of friendship and family. A crocodile for a house guest? A lion named Shirley Williamson? Why not! — Waber blithely declares in these droll, worldly-wise entertainments. Our exhibition features 85 original illustrations from the lion’s share of Waber’s classic picture books as well as a sampling of his work as a designer at Time Inc. and Condé Nast.
Celebrate the Walt Reed Illustration Archive
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, at Washington Universtiy in St. Louis
Washington University Libraries and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts invite you to an exhibition opening and talk on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, to unveil selections from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. This distinguished resource includes original illustrations, periodicals, books, and magazine tear sheets from the 1860s-1970s,and was recently acquired by Washington University’s Modern Graphic History Library.
Jessie Gillespie (1888-1972), illustration for Life Magazine, ca. 1912.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
In 2006, comic book and pop culture collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, opened a museum dedicated to the celebration of American pop culture and entertainment. Now GEM has turned its sights to the very city it calls home by establishing a Hall of Fame in its “Pioneer Spirit” room. This galleryhad its grand opening on March 26, 2011, and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum wants visitors, pop culture collectors and fans to be a part of the excitement – and let us know who they’d like to see included in later updates.
This unique exhibition includes personal items donated by inductees and other memorabilia, all focused on celebrating the cultural contributions of “Charm City.”
A Date with Art: The Business of Illustrated Calendars
Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N C. Wyeth created some of their best-known images for advertising calendars, which hung in millions of homes, shops and offices, providing an even larger audience than that for book or magazine illustration. From Parrish’s haunting work for General Electric’s Edison Mazda brand to Norman Rockwell’s iconic images for the Boy Scouts of America, calendar images contributed greatly to the artists’ popular reputation. But just as these four artists reaped financial benefit and fame by creating art for calendars, the connection to commercial ventures at times undermined their critical reputations as artists*. This exhibition will reveal the various ways in which Pyle, Parrish, Rockwell and Wyeth integrated calendar work into their careers adapting to shifting views of contemporary art, illustration and business.
N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making
The Brandywine River Museum
January 25 – May 18, 2014
Images of patriotic and inspirational events in American history, from Coronado’s 16th-century expedition through the Southwest to Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865, will be on view this exhibition. Created in the 1930s for a popular advertising calendar, the 12 dramatic paintings show Wyeth’s renowned mastery of stirring action and authentic detail. Props drawn from Wyeth’s Chadds Ford studio, including a life mask of Abraham Lincoln, a coonskin cap and a Kentucky rifle, will provide fascinating insight into how Wyeth created these paintings with exacting detail. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own a calendar image depicting an important event from American history for display near the exhbition gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of programs will focus on the meaning and impact of historical illustration.
Drew Friedman’s “Old Jewish Comedians”
The Society of Illustrators
March 05 through May 03, 2014
Drew Friedman’s “Old Jewish Comedians”, was a recent trilogy of books of portraiture, lovingly celebrating the greatest Jewish comedians of the 20th century, from the famous (The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, etc), to the more obscure, (Menasha Skulnick, Bert Gordon, Al Kelly, Ben Blue, Belle Barth, etc).
The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a 2-floor gallery show of “Old Jewish Comedians”, showcasing Friedman’s original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers. Short biographies of each comedian will accompany each portrait. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman’s personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day. The show is curated by BLAB! founder Monte Beauchamp, who curated the wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators.
The Old Jewish Comedian (OJC) books came about when Beauchamp asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he’d most like to draw, he thought: “What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!… Old Jewish Comedians!” Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.
The first OJC book was released in 2006 featuring a cigar chomping Milton Berle posed on the cover, and a foreword by Leonard Maltin, and instantly became a hit, garnering great reviews, (Steven Heller in the NY Times writing: “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.”), and quickly went into a second printing. The book was also embraced by many of the old Jewish comedians themselves, including Larry Storch, Jerry Stiller, Freddie Roman, Mickey Freeman, Eddie Lawrence and none other than “the king of comedy” Jerry Lewis, who exclaimed: “Jesus Christ I love it! Holy Moly, what a book!”. Lewis would arrange for three Friars club “book-warming” parties to celebrate the OJC books, co-hosted by many of the comics themselves, including Freddie Roman, Mickey Freeman, Larry Storch, Jerry Stiller, Stewie Stone and none other than Abe Vigoda. Lillian Ross covered the second party in the “Talk of the Town” column for The New Yorker. Following the first book’s success, the publisher, Fantagraphics, released two more volumes, “More Old Jewish Comedians” in 2007, with a foreword by the late comedy writer Larry Gelbart, and “Even MORE Old Jewish Comedians” in 2011, featuring a foreword by comic Jeffery Ross.
The books were also embraced by many younger Jewish comedians, including Howard Stern, who exclaimed ” This book is great! Drew Friedman is something else!”, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Andy Kindler, Albert Brooks, and Sarah Silverman who Kvelled: “Drew Friedman isn’t just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure”.
Jeffrey Catherine Jones
The Society of Illustrators
March 5 through May 3, 2014
I’LL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT that I did not really understand Jeffrey Jones. He was at once contradictory and perplexing and inexplicable as an artist and as a person; an odd amalgam of illustrator, cartoonist, and painter; a philosopher, a sly comedian, and a nerd. His transgender exploration only succeeded in making his story even more confusing. I always tended to think of Jeffrey as a fragile and somewhat lost soul, but—again, contradictorily—also as a person of great strength and resolve. The one certainty was that I liked Jeffrey: His art—whether created with paint, pencil, or pen—was inspiring, evocative, and memorable; as a person, he was thoughtful, humble, and kind.
Jeff started out as a science fiction fan—an amateur rocket enthusiast and avid reader of Heinlein, Bradury, Campbell, and Clarke—and honed his artistic skills drawing for fanzines like ERBdom, Amra, and Trumpet. He turned pro illustrating comic stories for Eerie, Creepy, and Flash Gordon as well as providing paintings for Red Shadows, a hardcover collection of Solomon Kane stories published
by Donald M. Grant.
A move from Atlanta to New York with his wife, Mary Louise “Weezie” Alexander, led to a career creating paperback covers; he was fast, versatile, and had a style vaguely reminiscent of Frank Frazetta’s (who was much in demand, but rarely interested in increasing his workload), all of which made him extremely popular with art directors. Besides providing paintings for books by Fritz Lieber, Jack Vance, Andre Norton, and Robert E. Howard, he produced numerous romance, adventure, horror, and spy covers. Jeff also maintained a relationship with the comics industry and for a number of years provided monthly strips for National Lampoon and Heavy Metal. He produced some of his most accomplished paintings while a member of The Studio with Michael William Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson, and Barry Windsor-Smith, but the experience meant much less to him than it did to observers who desperately wished that they could have been a part of it.
In the late 1990s Jeffrey added “Catherine” to his name (though he never changed it legally), began dressing and living as a woman, and came to be described as “she” by many. Family and long-time friends, however, continued to call him “Jeff” and refer to him as “he.” I had asked Jeff how he wanted his nameplate to read on his Spectrum Grand Master Award and it says, per his instructions, “Jeffrey Jones.” “That’s how people know me,” he said. “That’s how I want to be remembered.”
The easiest thing some might say about Jeffrey is that he was born out of his time; others, of course, would agree with his occasional statement that he was born the wrong sex. He has always been portrayed as a brooding and mysterious talent, both troubled and romantic: the Byronic figure of the fantasy art world. And perhaps he was. But for my part, I’ll always remember Jeff as someone who was on a journey that was sometimes uplifting, sometimes terrifying, and sometimes heartbreaking—but he always had hope of finding a place where he felt he truly belonged. I hope finally, at long last, he has found the peace that he was looking for and so deserved.
—Arnie Fenner, Director, Spectrum Fantastic Art
The Society wishes to thank Robert K. Wiener for this exhibit and Greg Manchess and Irene Gallo for their assistance
Norman Rockwell Museum
March 29 through June 15, 2014
Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning artist who has received illustration’s highest honors from the Society of Illustrators, The New York Art Directors Club, and the Society of Publications Designers. His beautifully conceived and rendered pen and ink drawings have appeared in many publications including the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and he has been commissioned to create numerous artworks for The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force.
The Art of Eric Carle & Friends: What’s Your Favorite Animal?
Eric Carle has partnered with fourteen leading illustrators to answer the enduring question, “What’s your favorite animal?” in a new book published by Henry Holt and Company. Contributions range from meticulously rendered artwork to quick, funny sketches with equally varied commentaries. The book, and this complementary exhibition, is a colorful, varied, and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of the artists. Contributors are Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Peter McCarty, Chris Raschka, Peter Sis, Lane Smith, Erin Stead, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems. All royalties from the sale of the book benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
The American Muse
National Museum of American Illustration
Spring 2013 through Summer 2014
The American Muse, presents an homage to American women of the late 19th and early 20th centures and to the illustrators who accurately portrayed their unique and quintessentially American beauty and character. Women of this era in America had greater opportunities in sports, higher education, roles in business, social movements, and politics than those of previous generations in the United States and abroad.
Illustrators such as Harrison Fischer, Charles Dana Gibson, and Howard Chandler Christy, each created icons of the American women of their day, and in so doing created a lasting archetype. The public usually gave these lovely images a nickname tied to their respective illustrator, such as The Christy Girl, The Fisher Girl, The Gibson Girl, etc. The nickname became a perpetual part of that particular illustrator’s oeuvre and artistic realm.
The illustrators works were published in single artist books with titles such as College Girls (1896), The Social Ladder (1897), American Beauties (1904), The Gibson Book (1907), Bachelor Belles (1908), and Liberty Belles (1911), which proved to be popular and coveted publications. In magazines of the day, such as Cosmopolitan,
Ladies Home Journal, Life, Red Cross, Success, The Saturday Evening Post, Truth, and Harper’s, the artworks both shaped and reflected American society and
its notions of what an attractive American woman should look and act like. In the process, the illustrators captured her style, poise, fasion sense, and inherent beauty, and unknowingly created a collection of natural American Muses.
MAXFIELD PARRISH RETROSPECTIVE
National Museum of American Illustration
Extended through Spring 2014!
The NMAI has the single largest collection of Maxfield Parrish artworks in the world. Our American Imagist Collection includes his largest work (see: above), a self-proclaimed “Magnum Opus,” ‘The Florentine Fete,’ comprises 18 murals (each 10 1/2 feet tall) and his smallest work, ‘The Tallwood Pearl‘ (painted on a 1 1/2 inch diameter Mother of Pearl button-for his gardner’s daughter, who collected buttons; see: below), on view along with 64 other Parrish artworks, the largest exhibition of Parrish original artworks ever held.
NMAI holds the largest Maxfield Parrish collection of original paintings extant – over 100 artworks as well as every vintage artprint, book illustration, magazine cover and advertisement he created.
“Blessed are the Peacemakers”: Violet Oakley’s The Angel of Victory (1941)
The Delaware Art Museum
February 8 through May 25, 2014
Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was an illustrator, stained-glass designer and the first American woman to find fame in the burgeoning field of public mural painting. Throughout her 60-year artistic career she also devoted herself to the quest for a just and peaceful world. During World War II, the elderly Oakley continued that mission by joining with the Citizens Committee of the Army & Navy to produce portable altarpieces for use on American battleships, military bases, and airfields around the world.
Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty
Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy turns fifty in 2014. To celebrate this golden anniversary, The Carle is organizing an exhibition of original drawings from the book. Initially, Harriet & Co. will return to New York City, premiering at The Forbes Galleries from March 7 to May 3, 2014. Subsequently, these drawings will be joined by those from the sequel, The Long Secret, and be on view from May 20 until November 30, 2014. Random House is publishing a 50th-anniversary commemorative edition with appreciations from, among others, Judy Blume and Lois Lowry.
Support for Harriet The Spy Turns Fifty has been generously provided by Random House Children’s Books
Simms Taback: Art by Design
To celebrate the gift of a significant part of Simms Taback’s archive, the museum is mounting an exhibition, Simms Taback: Art by Design. It will be on view from June 27 until October 19, 2014. The exhibition will survey Simms’s eight major books, including his Caldecott Medal Book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and his Honor Book, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Taback’s irrepressible humor shines through in his colorful, beautifully crafted compositions, and important messages abound. This show is the second in an ongoing series highlighting the permanent collection and it will be accompanied by a sixteen-page illustrated brochure with an essay by Chief Curator, Nick Clark. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Penguin.
Norman Rockwell Museum
June 7, 2014 through October 26, 2014
Many noted American modernists have successfully traversed the worlds of fine art and illustration, embracing innovation while satisfying in unique and personal ways the needs and wants of a broad popular audience. Edward Hopper, American Illustrator presents a unique and comprehensive study of the little-known twenty year illustration career of the realist master. Attitudes toward art and the crosscurrents of contemporary commercial society during the early to mid twentieth century will be explored in this exhibition, which seeks to provide an integrated understanding of Hopper’s published and personal art.
Norman Rockwell Museum
November 9, 2014 through March 8, 2015
Known today for his meticulously researched historical paintings, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator who has worked on a broad spectrum of assignments for more than fifty years―from paperback book jackets and men’s adventure magazine illustrations to movie posters, model kit boxes, and advertisements for prominent corporations. His dramatic, beautifully-crafted images, conceived in every possible genre throughout his outstanding career, will be the focus of this exhibition, which draws from the artist’s vast and highly-regarded body of work.
Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
November 15, 2014 – February 22, 2015
To mark the anniversary of everyone’s favorite schoolgirl, Madeline, this exhibition celebrates Ludwig Bemelmans’s legacy. Drawings from each of the six Madeline books will be on view, plus a generous cross-section of his other artwork for children and adults. A Bemelmans bar brought back from Paris, delightful fabric designs, and memorabilia like the Bad Hat’s original hat are just a few of the treasures that will be on view.
From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick
The Delaware Art Museum
October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015
This exhibition presents over 100 paintings and drawings by this award-winning children’s author and illustrator. Selznick’s world includes images of characters as diverse as magician Harry Houdini, poet Walt Whitman, singer Marian Anderson, and the fictional Hugo Cabret—an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, portrayed in The Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Selznick.
Norman Rockwell Museum
November 7, 2015 through May 30, 2016
An exceptional and prolific illustrator of America’s Golden Age, Harvey Dunn (1884-1952) was a prodigy of legendary artist Howard Pyle who became an admired teacher in his own right. Born in a claim shanty in Manchester, South Dakota, he took classes at the Chicago Art Institute before studying with Pyle and opening his own studio in Wilmington, Delaware. This first major exhibition of Dunn’s art, organized in conjunction with the South Dakota Museum of Art, South Dakota State University, will feature his stunning painterly illustrations for the prominent periodicals of his day, including Scribner’s, Harper’s, Collier’s Weekly, Century, Outing, and The Saturday Evening Post.
Norman Rockwell and the Art of Scouting
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey
February 28 – May 26, 2014
Fondazione Museum, Rome, Italy
November 2014 – February 2015
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
March 7 through May 31, 2015
Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah
November 19, 2015 through February 13, 2016
One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller. For nearly seven decades, while history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life, providing a personalized interpretation—albeit often an idealized one—of American identity. His depictions offered a reassuring visual haven during a time of momentous transformation as our country evolved into a complex, modern society. Rockwell’s contributions to our visual legacy, many of them now icons of American culture, have found a permanent place in our national psyche.
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
African American Museum of Dallas
March 7 through May 31, 2014
“I love the act of making marks on paper and seeing those marks develop into a picture. My intent and hope is to lead the viewer into a world that only exists because of that picture. Many of these speak to my culture. while others are based on my experience of being Black in America.” -Jerry Pinkney
Experience the art of Jerry Pinkney, a master of the American picture book whose heart-warming stories reflect personal and cultural themes and explore the African-Americnas experience in words and pictures. Inspired by texts that speak to his emotions, the artist employs drawing as a powerful and expressive medium of communtications, as revealed in masterful illustrations for The Old African, John Henry, Black Cowboy/Wild Horses, Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales and other classic books. A beloved creator whose works have endured for generations, Jerry Pinkney is the distinguished recipient of a 2010 Caldecott Award for The Lion and The Mouse, five Caldecott Honor Medals, and five Coretta Scott King Awards, as well as many other honors for his outstanding body of work.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut
February 1, 2015 – June 20, 2015
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time James Gurney’s Dinotopia bring the worlds of science and the imagination to life by chronicling Arthur and Will Denison’s remarkable experiences on a lost island in vibrant color and meticulous detail. Recounted in words and pictures in the best-selling book series, Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time (1992), Dinotopia: The World Beneath (1995), and Dinotopia: First Flight (1999), the artist’s compelling tale has engaged and enchanted readers by inviting them to explore the far reaches of a mysterious destination. Waterfall City, the island’s center of learning, The Hatchery, birthplace of many of Dinotopia’s prehistoric inhabitants, and The Forbidden Mountains, where dinosaurs dare not venture, are just a few of the places described in Arthur Denison’s fictional journal and in the outstanding works on view.
Inspired by a deep and abiding interest in archaeology, lost civilizations, and the art of illustration, James Gurney invites viewers to enter a fantastical world in which dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side. His luminous paintings, beautifully crafted drawings and hand-made models, which are featured in this exhibition, explore the wonders of the distant past through the lens of the imagination. The artist’s original New York Times bestseller, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, appears in eighteen languages with over two million copies sold. Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, is the next installment in the series.
Norman Rockwell’s 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers
In the minds of many people, The Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell are synonymous. Americans, who lived through the rapid growth and change of the twentieth century, view the Rockwell covers as an identifiable and comfortable image of their life in the United States.
At the start of his career, Norman Rockwell’s secret ambition was to have his work published on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. He viewed the Post as the greatest show window in America for an illustrator. Rockwell’s career with the Post lasted 47 years.
Center for Historic American Visual Culture
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