A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits you and your family this spring at the Columbus Public Library.
Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition – 50 Years – 50 Works – 50 Reasons presents original drawings by the legendary author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are along with tributes from some of his most famous fans.
Accompanying the exhibit will be tours, programs, and special events for children, teens and grown-ups, culminating in a WILD RUMPUS on May 11th that will have you and your friends giddy with excitement. Guided school and group tours will be available.
Max, the Wild Things, and all of Maurice Sendak’s marvelous creations await you from April 13 to May 25.
“An exhibit for the ages.” Orange County Register
Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of his Where the Wild Things Are, this exhibit features Sendak’s original illustrations for the book which won the Caldecott Medal for Pictorial Excellence in 1964 as well as drawings and sketches for other works.
The exhibition includes 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 to Broadway and the opera, from animated film to young adult textbooks – Sendak remained an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and insights.
The pieces range from some of his earliest (a 10th grade sketch for Macbeth done as a homework project) through conceptual notes and drawings of sets and costumes for the opera version of Where the Wild Things Are and sketches for other famous works like In the Night Kitchen and Little Bear. Also included are drawings done for fun, such as Mickey & Me, his self-portrait with Mickey Mouse.
The Grand Reading Room of the Columbus Public Library will be transformed into the imaginary world of Max’s wilderness in Where The Wild Things Are to host the exhibit, and life-sized elements from the book will await your discovery.
Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition – 50 Years – 50 Works – 50 Reasons has been touring the country since 2013, and Columbus marks the final stop on its remarkable voyage.
April 13 – May 25
Monday-Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday-Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 1:30pm – 6:00pm
Take a sneak peek at some of the works that will be seen in April and May.
School & Group Tours
We can’t wait to take your School or Group on a tour of Sendak’s Magical World!
We have specially tailored programs for all school aged groups (from Kindergarten through 12th Grade). Up to 125 students plus teachers can be accommodated for each 90-minute session.
Each Tour includes:
- Short Introductory Film about Maurice Sendak
- Read-aloud of Where the Wild Things Are
- Tour of the exhibit
- Grade-appropriate art activity that students can take home
Tours are available Mondays through Fridays from April 16 – May 24 at 9:00am, 10:30am, 12noon and 1:30pm.
We have locations inside and outside the library where you can enjoy a picnic lunch with your class. Just let us know when you book the tour and we’ll hold the space for you.
For more information or to sign up your school group for a tour contact the Columbus Public Library Sendak Exhibit Hotline at 706.243.2701.
GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE WHO WOULD LIKE A GUIDED TOUR OF THE EXHIBIT CAN CALL THE SENDAK EXHIBIT HOTLINE AT 706.243.2701.
Each Tour includes:
- BACKGROUND ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF MAURICE SENDAK
- 30 MINUTE TOUR OF THE EXHIBIT
TOURS ARE AVAILABLE SUNDAY – FRIDAY DURING NORMAL LIBRARY HOURS (NO GROUP TOURS ARE AVAILABLE ON SATURDAYS OR TUESDAY/THURSDAY EVENINGS BUT GROUPS MAY JOIN THE SCHEDULED PUBLIC TOURS ON THESE DATES).
The Wild Rumpus
Join us at the Columbus Public Library on Saturday May 11 from 10am-4pm, with the Wild Rumpus happening at 1:00pm!
It’s a mighty, grand, spectacular celebration as only Maurice Sendak could have imagined.
Young and Old, Fierce and Friendly, one and ALL are invited to the Columbus Wild Rumpus!
This fantastic day of entertainers, illustrators, crafts, games, drawings, food, merry mayhem and more will help us celebrate the incredible Maurice Sendak and will help everyone kick off the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries’ annual Summer Reading Style in Wild Style
You’ll eat it up, you’ll love it so!