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Westchester Cultural Organizations Collaborate on Exhibition Series

The Hudson River Museum is pleased to announce its participation in Open Books, a county-wide collaboration exploring children’s books and illustrations, presented by Target. This collaborative effort is being realized in partnership with the Westchester Arts Council, Katonah Museum of Art, the Westchester Library System and the Jacob Burns Film Center. The collaboration celebrates the art of children’s book illustration and the importance of reading through a series of exhibitions and related programs. Open Books will run from June through October 2007 and is funded by Target.

As part of the collaboration, the Hudson River Museum will present the exhibition Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay*, starting on June 16, 2007 with a major celebration. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, September 2.

Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay is an exhibition of the world-famous author and illustrator’s original drawings, paintings, and studies. Macaulay uses art to communicate complex concepts in a fun and accessible manner. His imaginative and often humorous illustrations are sure to inspire and delight the whole family. In more than a dozen books, he has displayed the construction of intricate architectural structures, examined a centuries-old sailing vessel from past and present perspectives, and taken readers on journeys into his unique imagination. Building Books explores both Macaulay’s work and his artistic process.

Open Books marks the second time several of Westchester’s cultural organizations have chosen to collaborate around a particular theme. In 2006 the focus was Suburbia. The Hudson River Museum (www.hrm.org) will present Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay; Jacob Burns Film Center (www.burnsfilmcenter.org) will present a series of films adapted from children’s books; Katonah Museum of Art (www.katonahmuseum.org) will exhibit Children Should Be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture Book Art; the Westchester Arts Council will present Seeing Stories; and the Westchester Library System will introduce a special summer program Get A Clue @ Your Library (www.westchesterlibraries.org). To celebrate this collaboration, each of the participating organizations will offer visitors a pass that will entitle them to free admission or a member discount at each of the other locations.

* Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay has been made possible by a gift from

 
Exhibitions and Programs

Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay
at The Hudson River Museum

June 16 through September 2
an exhibition of the world-famous author and illustrator’s original drawings, paintings, and studies and models. (www.hrm.org)

Seeing Stories
at the Westchester Arts Council’s Arts Exchange

June 9 through July 28
highlighting the work of a group of richly talented book illustrators who call Westchester home. Seeing Stories on westarts.com

Children Should Be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture Book Art
at the Katonah Museum

July 1 – October 21
will bring together approximately 85 works of original children’s illustrations in a comprehensive survey of the best American picture-book art of the last decade. (www.katonahmuseum.org)

Movies for Kids
at the Jacob Burns Film Center

will show Sounder, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, The Wizard of Oz, and Stuart Little. The Wizard of Oz on July 29th and Stuart Little on August 19th will be followed by a book chat with Anne Marie Santoro, acclaimed educator and founder of the JBFC third-grade visual literacy program, See - Hear - Feel - Film. All films start at noon. The Jacob Burns Film Center is located at 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY. (www.burnsfilmcenter.org)

Get a Clue @ Your Library
- The 2007 summer reading program promises lot of fun, prizes, activities, special events and, of course, great books. Keeping reading muscles in shape over the summer can mean easy transition back to school in September and guarantees fun reading for kids and parents throughout the year. It’s all happening in the 38 public libraries in Westchester. To join, just visit your local public library and sign up. A full calendar of events is available at (www.westchesterlibraries.org) starting June 20th.

 

 

 



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