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Building Books: The Art Of David Macaulay

Exhibition Dates: June 16 – September 2, 2007

YONKERS, NY. February 20, 2007, The wonder of the way things work — David Macaulay style — is the theme of Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay on view at the Hudson River Museum from June 16 through September 2, 2007 . The exhibition showcases the work of this 2006 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and world-famous artist and author who created The Way Things Work, the renowned whimsical guide to the inner workings of machines, and other classic books he authored.

Macaulay’s gift for conveying complex concepts in a fun and understandable way has delighted children and adults for years. His imaginative, accessible guides to the workings of everything from gadgets to gargantuan buildings show how the concept behind one machine or structure links to the concept of another – from the simplest levers and arches to the far reaching capabilities of the internet.

Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay is the first in-depth museum exhibition to explore the work of this Rhode Island-based artist. The exhibition will present a diverse range of exhibtion materials, including a documentary of the artist in his studio, as well as over 100 original works of art, book storyboards, manuscripts and correspondence, artifacts, stuffed specimens, and travel mementos. It brings together the worlds of art, history, and science – illustrated with doses of fantasy. Macaulay bestsellers being highlighted in the exhibition include Cathedral, Castle, City, Mill, Ship, Mosque, Rome Antics, Angelo, Black and White, and Shortcut.

As a young boy in Lancashire, England, David Macaulay was fascinated by the way objects are made and how they operate. Using yarn he made moving cable cars. From cigar boxes, he constructed elevators. Macaulay has written a total of 20 books, with 2 million copies sold in the U.S. alone, and has been published in a dozen languages. Other books by Macaulay, Cathedral, Castle, and Pyramid, have been made into popular PBS television programs. Macaulay is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, the Washington Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, a Dutch Silver Slate Pencil Award, and the Bradford Washburn Award, presented by the Museum of Science in Boston for an outstanding contribution to science.

Building Books is divided into three significant aspects of Macaulay’s work: “Big Ideas,” exploring the mechanics of everyday objects to the construction of the world’s most complex architectural structures, and the intricacies of the human body; “Building Ship: Exploring the Artist’s Process,” examining the creation of a book from concept to layout to finished art and text; and “Journey Books: The Evolution of Ideas,” that looks at Macaulay’s work, stemming from his love of travel as well as his appreciation for journeys of the imagination.

This exhibition was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay has been made possible by a gift from Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc.

This exhibition is part of “Open Books,” a county-wide collaboration exploring children’s books and their illustrations, presented by Target.

The Hudson River Museum, Jacob Burns Film Center, Katonah Museum of Art, the Westchester Arts Council, and the Westchester Library System will launch “Open Books”, a collaborative program celebrating the art of children’s book illustration and the importance of reading. Programs and exhibitions will begin in June and continue through October of 2007. Each participating organization will offer visitors a pass that will entitle them to free admission or a member discount at each of the other locations.  Pick up a flyer that includes a complete list of exhibitions and programs as well as the free pass at your local library.

The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY . Minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway , exit 9, north or southbound. Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and Wed - Sun 12- 5 pm. Fridays 12-8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 8 pm free.

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