Sendak-Related Exhibitions

Wed, 03/26/2014 - Sun, 11/02/2014
Amidst the turbulence of 1960s America a quiet revolution took place where few expected it: the world of children’s books. Maurice Sendak was part of a vanguard of writers and illustrators transforming the American picture book and revolutionizing children’s culture in the ‘60s. This exhibition is the first to explore how Sendak’s art reflected both social and personal turmoil throughout the decade. More
Final drawing for Where the Wild Things. © 1963 by Maurice Sendak
Tue, 06/11/2013 - Sun, 03/02/2014
Delve into Sendak’s working process and inspirations for Where the Wild Things Are and learn just how long this wild rumpus had been brewing in Sendak’s imagination. The Rosenbach is the only place you can see the original drawings during the book’s 50th anniversary year. More
Wed, 07/18/2012 - Sun, 11/11/2012
Colbert Nation has raised its flag at the Rosenbach Museum & Library…or, at least its flagpole. More
Preliminary drawing for Time magazine. Pencil. Gift of Justin Schiller. © 1988
Sun, 06/10/2012 - Sun, 05/26/2013
Celebrate Sendak’s revolutionary work and artistic talent in this landmark exhibition, displaying more than 65 drawings from his 65-year career. Refreshed with new material every four months, this exhibition will include work from each of Sendak’s picture books by the end of its yearlong run. More
Wed, 04/04/2012 - Sun, 04/08/2012
Largest? Oldest? Smallest? Newest? See selections of the most extreme objects in the our collection. On view for five days only, don’t miss your chance to see this fun display that highlights the breadth and quality of our remarkable and expanding collections. More
Final drawing for Brundibar.  © 2002 by Maurice Sendak.
Tue, 01/24/2012 - Sun, 05/27/2012
Follow the lives of three picture books by Maurice Sendak: The Sign on Rosie’s Door, Outside Over There, and Brundibar. Spanning more than 40 years, each of these books was inspired and produced in radically different ways by Sendak and his collaborators. More
Wed, 11/23/2011 - Sun, 03/25/2012
Each year, hundreds of on- and off-site researchers make use of the Rosenbach’s collections. Inquiring Minds is the first of its kind: an exhibition that shows a cross-section of our researchers’ projects from concept to completion. More
Final drawing for The Bat-Poet.  Pen and ink.  © Maurice Sendak, 1964, all right
Wed, 08/24/2011 - Sun, 01/08/2012
From common pets to mythical beasts, nearly all of Maurice Sendak's book illustrations include animals. This exhibition showcases the domestic things and, well, Wild Things among Sendak’s many illustrated creatures. More
Preliminary drawing for Dear Mili, written by Wilhelm Grimm.
Wed, 04/06/2011 - Sun, 08/07/2011
This multimedia exhibition uses thirty objects from the Rosenbach’s Maurice Sendak collection to reflect the range of musical influences on the author’s work and invites visitors to make connections of their own. More