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Nov 5, 2013
10:56 AM
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New Maurice Sendak Exhibit at New Britain Museum as Sipping, Dining Opportunity

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Sendak has illustrated more than one hundred picture books throughout his 60-year career, according to the biography sent by the museum. Some of his best known books include Chicken Soup with Rice, Where the Wild Things Are, and In the Night Kitchen. Born in Brooklyn in 1928 to Jewish immigrant parents from northern Poland, Sendak grew up idolizing the storytelling abilities of his father, Philip, and his big brother, Jack—as a child he illustrated his first stories on shirt cardboard provided by his tailor-father. Aside from a few night classes taken at the Art Students League of New York after graduating high school, Sendak is a largely self-taught artist.

Throughout his career, he has taken characters, stories, and inspirations from his among his own neighbors, family, pop culture, historical sources, and long-held childhood memories. Sendak began a second career as a costume and stage designer in the late 1970s, designing operas by Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky, among others. He has won numerous awards as both an artist and illustrator, including a Caldecott Award, a Newberry Medal, the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, a National Book Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and a National Medal of Arts. His books continue to be read by millions of children and adults and have been translated into dozens of languages and enjoyed all over the world.

The Maurice Sendak national exhibition tour is managed by Opar Media, LLC. Special thanks go to the lenders of the exhibition, to AFA, the Adolf and Virginia Dehn Foundation, and CT Humanities for support, the museum noted.

Acknowledged as the first museum in the world dedicated solely to collecting American art, the NBMAA is renowned for its preeminent collection spanning three centuries of American history.

The museum is also known for its Sanford B.D. Low Collection of American Illustration. Established in 1965, it now consists of over 1,300 paintings and works on paper by the leading 19th and 20th century illustrators.

The award-winning Chase Family Building, which opened in 2006 to critical and public acclaim, features 15 spacious galleries which showcase the permanent collection and upwards of 25 special exhibitions annually featuring American masters, emerging artists and private collections. A huge roster of educational and community outreach programs is offered throughout the year.

Museum Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.;  Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $8 for students. Children younger than 12 are admitted for free. There is free admission for all from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

In addition to a museum shop, the museum has The Café on the Park, which serves American fare with regional emphasis. The museum is located at 56 Lexington Street in New Britain. Directions are available on the museum’s website.




New Maurice Sendak Exhibit at New Britain Museum as Sipping, Dining Opportunity

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